Miners to shave heads in support of kids fighting cancer
03/07/2019, 6:00pm MST
By Staff // minershockey.com
Miners team up with Rhinos for annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event
EL PASO -- In 2011 Tom Herman, UTEP Head Coach and EPHA Youth Hockey Director, was approached to participate in a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Presenting the opportunity to the Rhinos, it was decided that all players and staff would participate. Now nine years later, the Rhinos are preparing to host their ninth event with hopes of breaking last years total of $11,877. “It has now turned into our own event that has raised a lot of money for child cancer research,” Herman said. “ It’s been amazing the amount of support the community and hockey community has shown.”
When not on the Miners bench, Coach Herman is running the El Paso Hockey Association or providing color commentary alongside Duke Keith during El Paso Rhinos home games. On top of that, Herman has served as the lead organizer of the St. Baldrick’s shaving event since 2011. “It’s become a yearly tradition and something I look forward to each year,” Herman said.
Each season, ahead of playoffs, members of the Rhinos team and coaching staff brave the shave in solidarity of children fighting cancer. Placing their heads up for auction, fans can bid to take the first swipe and help the organization raise money for cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It’s an evening geared towards giving those support who fight this devastating disease daily.
A yearly tradition set by the Rhinos that has former Rhinos Jayden Ritchie and Alek Lazarski intent to keep going as Miners. “I planned on doing it again this year just as I’ve done so the past two years with the Rhinos,” Ritchie said. “I’m doing so again this year because I know it’s for a great cause...I’ve been growing my hair out for some time now, while I debated on whether or not I would commit to shaving my head.”
This will be Lazarski’s fourth time shaving his head, third time as a Miner, who looks forward to the event each year. Taking part in cancer treatment-related research has made the event that much more appealing for the netminder. “I personally know multiple cancer survivors and I want to make a contribution so that other people will become survivors,” Lazarski said.
“Especially since this goes directly toward pediatric cancers which has improved significantly.”
About St. Baldricks
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation hosted their first head-shaving event in Manhattan in 2000 with the idea of shaving heads to raise money for the Children’s Oncology Group. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised $258 million in research grant funding.