A victorious Tar Heel baseball team won all three games over Clemson April 1-3. And they won off the field as well, helping to raise more than $17,000 for the UNC Lineberger pediatric oncology program.
Senior Chase Jones, bullpen catcher and team outreach manager, and brain cancer survivor, organized BaseBald for the Cure for a second year. Last year’s event raised over $6,000 for the pediatric oncology program. This year’s event was held on the field following Saturday’s afternoon game.
Stylists from Andrea & Company in Chapel Hill and Douglass Carroll Salon in Raleigh donated their afternoons to shave heads and offer buzz cuts. A styling station was set up during the game outside Boshamer Stadium where people could donate and get shaved. Following the game, team members, coaches, managers and donors who had raised money prior to the event sat on the field to lose their hair. Four young women had their heads shaved in support of Chase.
Josh Darma, and his mother, Kate, came to meet Chase, since Josh had the same type of brain tumor as Chase. Josh’s mother and Chase’s mother, Judith, had been in touch. Josh had his head shaved.
The First Assembly Christian School of Concord baseball team came to the game and saw the head shaving going on. One of the high school players, Gabe Sites, said he would have his head shaved if everyone on the team chipped in money. They did, and he sat down in the chair. So did David Riley, one of the junior high players.
Four young women, all UNC students and friends of Chase Jones, had their heads shaved in support of him and the BaseBald event. Alison Grady said,” For a woman to give up her hair means something. I am doing it to show support for this cause.” Erica O’Brien, Virginia Montes-Aviles and Megan Flyn had their heads shaved as well.