March 25, 2011

National Americann Miss Teen Queen to Shear Locks for a Cause

In May, National American Miss Oregon Teen Brittany Thomas will crown her successor. The ceremony, part of a weekend-long pageant, will be a formal occasion calling for glittery gowns and fancy hairstyles.

Among all the glamor, however, the McMinnville teen will be sporting peach fuzz on her head. She plans to shave her long, dark locks in April to show support for cancer patients and raise money for cancer research.

"Anybody can donate money, but it takes a strong, dedicated person to shave their head," she said, persuading herself as well as listeners. National American Miss Oregon

Thomas is one of more than two dozen local residents who plan to take part in a St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the US Bank Plaza in downtown McMinnville.

St. Baldrick's, so-named because its founders originally held their head-shaving fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day, is a national effort to combat cancer. Across the country, people shave their heads in return for donations, which will be turned over to cancer research and service organizations.

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