Oswego Girl Surpasses St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Goal
The 10-year-old Southbury Elementary student has been raising money in honor of her friend, Luke, who lost his battle with cancer at just 8 years old. On Friday, Meredith took the plunge, shaving her head at a St. Baldrick's event at her Oswego school.
As of Tuesday, she had surpassed her $5,000 fundraising goal, collecting $6,350 for children's cancer research.
Mom Merrily Winn said she had some help along the way, courtesy of Southbury's Character Counts Club, which held a coin collection competition among all classes to raise money. The effort, dubbed "Coins for a Cure," raised more than $1,000.
Teachers and staff also supported St. Baldrick's by purchasing paper "lucky charms" that were then posted at the school Staff who purchased a lucky charm earned the right to wear jeans to work for an entire week, Merrily said.
Southbury's Home and School group allowed Meredith to have a display at their "Muffins for Mom" event, allowing the fourth-grader to promote awareness, collect donations and sell St. Baldrick's items.
Meredith, who had her head shaved during a March 21 Character Counts assembly, isn't done yet. Mom Merrily said now that she is bald, she hopes her appearance will continue to raise awareness for St. Baldrick's as she continues to collect donations.
Donations can be made on Meredith's St. Baldrick's website until Dec. 31, 2014. Click here to make a donation.