IPA students shave for good cause

Five Island Pacific Academy students (Kate Uesugi, John Black, Lam Black, Brian Arde, and Sean Murakami) and one teacher (Aakash Shah) participated in the St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event held at Dave and Busters on April 26, 2015.  In an effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research, the team set a goal of $500.  IPA’s success was led by IPA Senior Kate Uesugi’s astonishing efforts in which she raised over $800, contributing a large portion to the final total of $1255 that was raised for the St. Baldrick’s foundation.  She ranked #26 out of all 200 participants.

Uesugi, who had been blessed with beautiful long, gorgeous hair decided to donate her 13.5″ ponytail to locks of love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

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“It was a really inspirational and amazing experience for me. I was nervous at first but so many wonderful people I didn’t know came up and supported me. I am proud that I took a risk and participated in St. Baldricks, and we raised a lot of money. I have so  much respect for everyone who shaved their heads.” – Kate