By Dave Pearce
North Posey High School graduate Eliza Eisterhold is a hairdresser at Studio 5021 in Evansville. She has always been known for her tender heart and her lack of fear to go to great lengths to help other people.
So when Studio 5021 teamed with the Evansville IceMen to have a head-shaving event to raise money for cancer research for children, it struck a chord with Eisterhold.
So on March 16 just prior to the Icemen hockey game, Eliza will get a break from doing her own hair for a few weeks. She is in the process of trying to raise $5000 for cancer research as her goal.
“Some of the people at 5021 were trying to get me to do it and when I got home and told my dad I thought it was a good idea, he told me to put my money where my mouth is,” Eliza said with an infectious smile. “That was all I needed. I’m not one to back down from a dare, especially if it is for such a good cause.”
St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and any other place you can imagine.
The Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family, friends and employers, shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Events have taken place in all 50 US states and 28 countries. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers have organized nearly 4,200 head-shaving events and shaved over 190,500 heads, raising over $118 million for life-saving childhood cancer research.
But once Eliza agreed to allow her head to be shaved, her boyfriend and her dad could not let he go it alone. So her boyfriend, Tony Raben, and her dad, Joe Eisterhold, have agreed to share with her in having her head shaved.
“I decided that the top two contributors to my fundraiser will get to shave my head,” Eliza said. “That has raised some additional interest, especially in Posey County.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation became a non-profit organization in 2005 and makes grants to research organizations that meet stringent criteria and share the Foundation’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and emphasis on research. St. Baldrick’s research grants help fill crucial funding gaps at medical institutions where children are treated for cancer, ensuring the finest care for every child. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded over 100 Fellow and Scholar awards, to develop the childhood cancer research experts of tomorrow.
Raben said he couldn’t stand to watch Eliza go through it by herself so he agreed to allow his head to be shaved, as well.
Eisterhold said she has already been doing some shopping for hats to wear following the big event. However, she said she has found out that chances are her head will itch as new hair begins to grow in.
“Hey, I am only doing this one time and it will only be for a few weeks,” Eisterhold said. “These kids I am honoring do this and many of them don’t have hair for years. If it raises awareness and some money for research for this awful disease, it will be worth it.”
So far, Eisterhold is a little short of her goal of $5000. Her current contributions stand at $1800.
“If I don’t get one penny more, it will be worth it,” she said. “I am still going to go through with it.”
If you would like to contribute to Eisterhold’s campaign, make checks payable to St. Baldrick’s and mail them to St. Baldrick’s; C/O The Posey County News, PO Box 397, New Harmony, IN 47631. You may also send the donation directly to Eisterhold at St. Baldricks; C/O 6001 Highway 165, Poseyville, IN 47633.
By Dave Pearce
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