Vaughn Spencer, 11, (center) shaves his head as part of the 14th annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving occasion held at the downtown Reno Ballroom on March 15, 2019. (Photograph: Marcella Corona)
Vaughn Spencer was excited to see his pals shave their heads.
The 11-yr-previous fifth-grader, who was recognized with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September, spent most of his time at house together with his mother and father, older sister and younger brother.
On Friday, the Northern Nevada Youngsters’s Most cancers Basis organized the 14th annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving occasion at the downtown Reno Ballroom.
For Vaughn, it was a chance to hang out together with his buddies and speak about their favourite video video games.
“The night time before the event, he was up all night time throwing up,” Vaughn’s mom, Autumn Spencer, stated. “We gave him anti-nausea drugs, but these don’t actually work.”
She stated Vaughn didn’t need to miss the occasion as a result of he was planning on shaving his head, too.
“So, he pushed himself (to really feel higher),” Spencer stated. “If he has one thing to really feel better for, then he does.
“It’s brutal, and it’s so onerous to see him going by way of his,” she stated, adding Vaughn previously lost his hair through the first two months of chemotherapy. “The truth is, and we are saying it on a regular basis, this isn’t truthful.
“Nobody deserves this.”
Supporting those who had no selection
In response to Shirley Folkins-Roberts, government director of the Northern Nevada Youngsters’s Most cancers Foundation, a toddler is recognized with cancer every two minutes.
“It’s the leading illness killer of youngsters and surpasses diabetes and cystic fibrosis and lots of other childhood illnesses,” Folkins-Roberts stated. “Though many youngsters survive, about eighty % of youngsters survive most cancers, they survive it with penalties.”
Folkins-Roberts stated the objective was to boost $200,000 to assist fund cancer research. Based on the event web site, the inspiration raised a complete of $173,one hundred fifteen.
Because the event started in 2005, the inspiration has raised $2.6 million for most cancers analysis. In complete, greater than 3,800 volunteers have shaved their heads in an effort to boost awareness.