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Going bald to fight childhood cancer on St. Baldrick’s Day

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Tim Smith, left, and his son-in-law, Ron Johnson, right, will shave their heads for St. Baldrick's Day, scheduled March 17 to raise both awareness and funds for childhood cancer. In the middle is 7-year-old Bailey Johnson, who has been battling neuroblastoma for more than six years.

For most people, March 17 means St. Patrick’s Day. But for Douglas County Commissioner Tim Smith it represents so much more. That’s the day he will shave his head and go bald to help raise both awareness and funds for childhood cancer. His son-in-law, Ron Johnson, will also be shaving his head. This will all be part of a special event called “St. Baldrick’s Day” that will take place all over the world. The local event will begin at 5 p.m. March 17 at The Stadium Sports and Fitness Club, 9393 Gateway Drive, off South Meadows Parkway in Reno. Anyone is welcome to come and share in the fun or root their team on.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation began in 1999 with three people who wanted to make a difference. They chose to help children with cancer. Today, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation unites thousands of volunteers whose shared mission – To Shave The Way To A Cure – has captured the enthusiasm and devotion of people around the world.

Smith has a special interest in this cause as his grandson, Bailey Johnson, has been battling neuroblastoma for more than six years. He will be 7 years old on March 11 and is finally doing well. He reached NED (no evidence of disease) after six years of chemotheraphy, more than 30 surgeries, radiation and a bone marrow transplant in 2001. He was taken off treatment last month, but Bailey will continue to have testing and scans every three months for at least the next year.

He is a happy first-grader at Pinon Pines Elementary School and lives with his mother, Kelly, father, Ron, and little brother, Cameron, in Minden. He was named one of the MVP’s of the Tahoe Bears at a recent tournament in Santa Rosa.

Over the past six years, St. Baldrick’s has raised more than $12 million for the search for a cure. We are now preparing for an even more successful St. Baldrick’s season in 2006 and would welcome your support in this work to save young lives. If you would like to help go to http://www.stbaldricks.org and make your donation to team “Bailey’s Hope” in care of ID No. 1634 at the Reno event or mail to Tim Smith at P.O. Box 712, Genoa, NV 89411.