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    Michelle Nichol of Carmichael shuts her eyes, covered by tresses she gave up Monday to raise funds for children's cancer research.

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    Twelve-year-old Kristian Carrillo of Sacramento laughs as he and a friend get shorn Monday at the St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser at de Vere's Irish Pub in Sacramento.

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    Genevieve Griffin of Supercuts holds a mirror so that Suzanne Lee can admire her new bald self at the annual fundraising event.

Shaved heads at Sacramento pub add up for childrens' cancer research

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Jacob Hurtado of Folsom celebrated his 15th birthday by shaving his head.

For the Christian Brothers High School student, shedding his locks was a gesture to support youngsters suffering from cancer.

Hurtado was among about 250 people who lined up Monday outside de Vere's Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento to have their heads shaved as part of the St. Baldrick's Day fundraising event.

"My goal was to raise $100 from my friends," Hurtado said, "but I was able to double that."

This is the third year de Vere's has sponsored the fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research.

Less than an hour into Monday night's three-hour head-shaving session, it had raised $115,000 toward the $150,000 goal, said Henry de Vere White.

White, along with brothers Simon and Mark, own the pub on L Street as well as de Vere's Irish Pub in Davis, which will hold a similar event Thursday night.

Each venue has set a fundraising goal of $150,000, White said.

As the sons of Ralph de Vere White, director of the UC Davis Cancer Center, the brothers' commitment to cancer research seems quite natural. As a new father, Henry de Vere White said he is particularly eager to aid children suffering from cancer.

Also on hand to support those submitting to the shears was Robyn Raphael. She and her family founded the Roseville-based Keaton Raphael Memorial in memory of their son who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, at age 5. He was treated at UC Davis Medical Center but died less than a year later of complications from a bone marrow transplant.

The memorial fund raises money for cancer research at UC Davis and assists families of children suffering from cancer.

Tina Sutterfield of Sacramento said this is the fourth year she's participated in the event. Her 23-year-old niece had cancer at age 3.

"She's my inspiration," Sutterfield said.

Jon Feld, an account executive for the Sacramento Kings who is getting married in June, had his fiancée's permission to have his head shaved.

"She's been my biggest booster," he said.

Feld personally raised $700, but the Kings organization also has joined in the effort, teaming with de Vere's Irish Pub to offer discounted tickets to games featuring St. Baldrick's fundraising activities.

Supercuts stylists handled the shaving Monday night. Spokeswoman Jodi McCray said stylist Cindy Harris shaved half of her head Monday morning and would finish the job during the St. Baldrick's event.

"We're calling her Cindy Hairless," McCray said.

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