Local Mom Participates in 'Shave for the Brave'


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Local Woman Shaves Head for Childhood Cancer

Local Woman Shaves Head for Childhood Cancer (Carina Shaw / August 1, 2014)

Carina Shaw of Enfield participated in an amazing event, the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, last Sunday in Boston.

For five years now, The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization, has hosted the event, named for the 46 children diagnosed with cancer each day.  The group of moms aim to raise money to help kids and change these statistics.  Women from 20 states, and Canada, each with an individual story, gathered at The Prudential Center in unity, to shave their heads for a vital cause.

Shaw's son, Conlan, was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a brain tumor, when he was 27 months old.  After surgery and two years of chemotherapy, he is doing well.

"He is now 8 years old," says Shaw, a mom of three, who refers to Conlan as her "warrior".  She had an incredible experience in Boston and plans to remain active with the mission.

"St. Baldrick's is a fabulous foundation for childhood cancer research," she says, with emotion.  "We need more treatments and hopefully a cure someday."

The 2014 team has raised more than $211,000, bringing the total funds raised by the 46 Mommas to nearly $1.5 million since their first event.

In 2012, Mommy Minute profiled a Bridgeport mom, who shaved her head in honor of her little daughter, who lost her battle with cancer.

Click here to learn more about the Shave for the Brave.

 

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