St. Baldrick wants your hair

Stacy and Mike DeBritz of Niskayuna display St. Baldrick's wristbands. They have helped organize the local head-shaving event at Proctors for the past few years. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)Stacy and Mike DeBritz of Niskayuna display St. Baldrick's wristbands. They have helped organize the local head-shaving event at Proctors for the past few years. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY JEFF WILKIN
Gazette Reporter

And St. Baldrick surveyed the thousands of bald men and women before him, and was pleased.

“Look upon my works, ye mighty, and rejoice,” the saint said, collecting gold coins from each new convert, money he used to help the less fortunate.

Now, St. Baldrick’s life is celebrated every year, as bold men and bolder women donate full heads of hair to help out children in need.

Let the truth be known: This is a fake origin story. There never was a St. Baldrick.

But Niskayuna’s Stacy DeBritz will tell you that part of the premise is true. The St. Baldrick Foundation has become a tower of light for children with cancer, and stands for a way to beat the disease. That’s one reason DeBritz and her husband, Mike, have helped organize the local St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event at Proctors in Schenectady since 2012.

This year, more than 200 brave hearts are expected to sit down to cancer on Saturday, May 2. The Robb Alley section of the theater will become a clip joint, and 12 local barbers will work all day in a show that has everything but Yul Brynner.

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