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Turning Hair Into Hope


When sixty Delaware residents sat down outside Son of Thurman’s last Saturday, they had a variety of hairdos; when they stood up they were all bald.

They gave up their hair, but almost $23,000 is going to the bank to help St. Baldrick’s Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer because they did.

14 teams, including representatives of the Delaware City Police and Fire Departments and County EMS, took part.

The main leader at the event, though, was area resident Joanie Daly, who planned it and donated her hair as well, raising $8,365 through community support.

“In my daughter’s play group, a little boy named Jacob was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and I decided to shave my head in solidarity with him,” she said.

Daly had hoped to get 20 people to take part; having three times as many was a surprise.

“It exceeded my expectations by far,” she said.

She gathered participants and created teams by going around town and recruiting them in person; she’d been working since the start of the year.

“It took about ten hour of work a week,” she said.

She decided on Son of Thurman because she’d heard it had just opened and had a lot of local attention.

“There was a lot of buzz about this restaurant so I thought it’d get even more attention if we did it here at Son of Thurman,” she said. “I asked Chris DeVol and he said ‘Absolutely’ and we just did it.”

St. Baldrick’s was founded in 2000 and draws its name from “St. Patrick” and “bald.”

According to their website, St. Baldrick’s has held fundraisers in 23 nations, gathering more than $127 million to fund 711 grant projects in the fight against cancer.

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About Spenser Hickey

Spenser Hickey is the DelawareO's reporter for the City Hall beat and a photographer. Providing bi-weekly summaries of Delaware City Council meetings, he seeks to inform and explore the local issues that define Delaware. A senior Journalism major at Ohio Wesleyan, he has also written for the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and The Transcript, OWU's independent student newspaper.


  1. Joanie Daly says:

    Spenser, Thank you so much for the great article and the amazing pictures! I would love to get copies of your pictures if possible! It was a pleasure meeting you!

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