June 25, 2018


Shavees for a cause

April 10, 2017; photo added 5/22/17

Kristen Johnson’s birthday is at the end of the month, but the Duanesburg 7th grader won’t be asking for bandannas or hats. Although she will soon be wearing them often, she has plenty of head wear. For the third time, on April 30 at Proctors in Schenectady, Kristen will have her head shaven to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to Conquer Childhood Cancers.

Kristen will be joined in the fundraising event by her DCS grades 7-12 band and flute teacher, Scott Hopkins, who is now part of Kristen’s Duanesburg Proud team. “I asked him as kind of a joke to shave his head for St. Baldrick’s, he said he’d think about it, and then he said yes,” said Kristen.

Duanesburg Proud’s goal is to raise at least $650. Donations can be made online by visiting their team webpage at: .

Members and officers of the DCS 7-12 band are helping with the fundraiser in school and have distributed donation forms to faculty and staff.

According to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, “Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. Donations will fund lifesaving children’s cancer research.”

Kristen first had her head shaven for St. Baldrick’s when she was in 4th grade to support of her friend Jacob Galvin. “He had leukemia, and I didn’t want him to feel alone,” She said. “I also wanted to raise money for childhood cancer research.” Now in remission and sporting a full head of thick, curly hair, Jacob shares his friend’s goal of helping others by serving as a Make-A-Wish Ambassador.

Kristen participated in St. Baldrick’s in 6th grade and wants to continue raising money for the cause. “I found out after I was shaven last year that my hairdresser’s niece has tumors, so that’s part of the reason I’m doing it this year,” she said.

As for the event itself, the best part according to Kristen is “seeing all of the people being shaved on the stage to add to the fundraising and the supporters, parents and friends all together.”

And she has no complaints about being bald. When it gets chilly, Kristen just dons one of her many hats or bandannas.

Kristen Johnson & Scott Hopkins, St. Baldrick's shavees

Scott Hopkins and Kristen Johnson are shavees
for St. Baldrick’s. As a three-time participant, Kristen is
now a member of the St. Baldrick’s Squires of Hope.

Dean Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Scott Hopkins

Kristen Johnson and Scott Hopkins are joined in baldness
by Kristen's dad, Dean Johnson.

Update May 22: The team has raised nearly $1,000.