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Three buddies raise money for cancer research

April 22, 2011
By Terri Kelly Barta

Three kindergarten buddies decided to do what they could to raise funds to fight cancer and ended up bald in the process. Macen Heisler, Kristian Fritz, and Bryceton Deplazes, three Rugby boys, decided one day that they were old enough to help a good cause.

Macen has a two-year-old brother, Aspen, who has been battling Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, for the last year. Their parents are Levi and Randi Heisler. In September, Randi shaved her head in a show of support for her youngest son through a moms with kids with cancer project.

This spring Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck-Mandan, sponsored their 4th annual event to raise funds for St. Baldrick's Foundation for cancer research. They invited the families of 20 kids who are either survivors of cancer or who have lost their battles with cancer this year. Among the invitees was Survivor Aspen and his family.

Macen, who has always been a supportive big brother to Aspen, came up with the idea to shave his head to raise money for the event. He asked a couple of his buddies and they agreed to shave their heads, too.

The kids got busy and in four days they raised $1,900 for cancer research. They went to the March 17 event at Bismarck State College and volunteer hairdressers shaved their heads.

"They kept feeling each other's heads," said Randi Heisler. "They all went swimming in the motel pool and said the water felt cool on their heads."

The buddies had fun with their bald heads when they returned to school after the event. In fact, Kristian decided to continue his fundraising by charging kids 25 cents to rub his head; a true salesman.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck-Mandan, has an 11-year history raising funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. On March 17, 2000, reinsurance executives John Bender, Tim Kenney and Enda McDonnell turned their industry's St. Patrick's Day party into a head-shaving event to benefit kids with cancer. Their 20 "shavee" recruits planned to raise "$17,000 on the 17th." Instead, they raised over $104,000! The project has been growing ever since. This year the Bismarck-Mandan group raised over $160,000.

The movement quickly grew into the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U. S. government, according to their website. These events happen in every state of the U.S. and dozens of other countries.

Parents of the other two boys are: Jesse and Jessica Fritz and Karla and Randy Deplazes, all of Rugby.



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