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Lifestyles: Saint Baldrick’s

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Ten year old Max Lenik doesn't like to get his hair cut, but it's not for a reason you might expect.

He is shaving it for the St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event.
 
“I just don't like to get my hair cut unless it's at the event.”

The St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money for cancer research.
 
For Max it's a tradition that started when he was 3.

Anne Lenik, Max’s mom, says, “He saw how much fun they were having shaving their heads and walked up, he said 'when's my turn?' and ok, so we passed the hat and max had two-hundred dollars and he went up and shaved his head.”

Max says, “Well I like it because I’m helping kids that have the right to be saved.”

During this year's head shaving event he will be honored as a knight of the bald table for participating 7 years in a row.
 
He has also raised more than $10,000 over the years.

Grayson Lenik, Max’s dad, says, “Everybody's been very gracious in supporting him.”

Max says, “Thank you to everybody that's donated to me.”

Max plans on shaving his head at the next event in April.

Anne says, “So proud, he sticks with it every year and I’m really ready to get rid of his hair.”

Max says his goal for the next seven years is to raise another $10,000

Story by Luba Solonenko, Beartooth NBC.
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Tammy-Jenkins Buchanan Friday Mar. 28th, 2014 - 9:52am
Thank you for doing the story about Max shaving his head for St Baldrick's Foundation. I hate to be critical but you mentioned that it funded St Jude Children's Research Hospital and I wanted you to know that it does not all go to St Jude. Some years none of it goes to St Jude. St Bldrick's Foundation funds the best, most promising, most needed, or most hopeful research to help kids fight cancer. That research often does happen at children's hospitals. St Jude is a world leader in childhood cancer research and I imagine that St Baldricks does indeed give them some funding most every year but your news story made it sound like all the head shaving donations went to St Jude. St Jude is likely to ask you to retract your statement or make a correction about St Baldricks head shaving events funding St Jude.
I am a local mom whose son is a St Jude patient and a St Baldrick's shavee as well. Thank you.
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coralunacy Friday Mar. 28th, 2014 - 8:25am
St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you don't just give to one institution–your money impacts children who are being treated at more than 215 children's hospitals throughout the United States.

Want to know where the money that Max has raised goes? http://www.stbaldricks.org/see-the-impact

It goes to many grants, fellowships, research centers and many other areas involved with childhood cancers. While St. Jude is a recipient, it is not the only recipient.

Thank you for a wonderful story.
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