Photo of Francesca shaving her brother Dino's head of hair.
Sibling shavery at a St. Baldrick's celebration at UC Davis Cancer Center.

If you've got hair, you're invited to shave it to support childhood cancer research. UC Davis Cancer Center's third-annual St. Baldrick's Day celebration, one of the nation's largest, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in the Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St.

To be a shavee, pre-register online at, choose UC Davis Cancer Center as your location — then start collecting pledges.

If you can't part with your locks, you can contribute by making a donation online.

The Roseville-based Keaton Raphael Memorial sponsors the UC Davis Cancer Center event and a parallel event in Roseville on behalf of the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Since 2003, the Roseville nonprofit has raised nearly $400,000 and shaved 250 heads at the events, making the Sacramento-Roseville St. Baldrick's celebration the third-largest in the country.

All proceeds from the events support childhood cancer research at the national and local levels. More than $130,000 of the funds have gone to UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children's Hospital.

St. Baldrick's Day got its start in 1989 when three New York advertising executives, all Irish American, turned their industry's annual St. Patrick's Day party at an Irish pub in Manhattan into a benefit for kids with cancer.

Since then, the events have taken place in 42 states and 10 countries, raising more than $20 million and shaving more than 26,000 heads.

The Keaton Raphael Memorial supports childhood cancer research and programs at UC Davis Cancer Center and UC Davis Children's Hospital, provides services to Northern California families facing childhood cancer, and advocates in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., for increased state and federal funding for pediatric cancer research. The organization was founded by Robyn and Kyle Raphael in honor of their son, Keaton, who died of neuroblastoma in 1998 at the age of 5.