Brave the Shave to raise money for pediatric cancer research |

Brave the Shave to raise money for pediatric cancer research

Claire Cudahy
South Lake Tahoe participants shed their hair at the annual Brave the Shave event last year to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Lauren Lindley Photography |

Would you shave your head to raise money for pediatric cancer research? Over 100 Lake Tahoe residents would — and they are doing it this Friday at the sixth annual Brave the Shave fundraising event hosted by the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

This year’s Brave the Shave event will be held on March 3 in the California Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Leading up to the event, participants have been collecting “pledges” to shave their heads — “similar to a walk-a-thon,” said Debbie Strickland, NNCCF executive director.

“We have a lot of ski patrol and firefighters, and one team, Bailey’s Hope, which has been doing the event for a number of years,” said Strickland.

South Lake Tahoe resident Bailey Johnson, 17, is a five-time cancer survivor, and with the help of his family has raised thousands of dollars through this event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an international fundraising organization for childhood cancer research.

Johnson’s grandmother Christy Smith was responsible for bringing Brave the Shave — which has been going on for 12 years in Reno — to South Lake Tahoe. Smith passed away in July after her own battle with cancer.

“It’s a very uplifting event for a tragic disease,” said Strickland. “Folks don’t have to shave to come out. There’s food, drinks and music.”

So far $15,715 has been raised toward the $100,000 goal for the event. Donations can still be made at