Local hockey coaches ‘Brave the Shave’
Team Aspen, and local residents, from the fundraiser Brave the Shave, met at the Wentz Ice Arena in Rugby, to view the shaving of pee wee ice hockey coach’s heads for the 501c3 charity on April 12.
Local Director of Development Randi Heisler organized the event for the fundraiser for Brave the Shave. The week’s event in Rugby raised over $8,000 dollars for BTS. “Over the weekend, we held an event in Bismarck at the YMCA for BTS and raised over $450,000,” Heisler said.
Brave the Shave is a statewide non profit organization serving the pediatric cancer community with support, both emotional and financial for the families and cancer patients.
Coaches Scott Mayer, Randy Oppen, and Tim Bartsch were the volunteers for this event. Local cosmetologist April Adam, Hair Emporium, did the honor of shaving the men’s heads as the fans watched and cheered them on. One young boy said, “they look better without their hair!”
The support and enthusiasm of the kids at this event was contagious. “We get to watch, and drink root beer floats while they lose their hair. It’s for a good cause,” laughed one girl slurping her float.
Aspen Heisler is a survivor of childhood cancer. He has had multiple surgeries, and now eight years out from his initial diagnosis, and he is doing well. Brave the Shave’s funds stay local and support kids and their families with expenses, transportation and many things they need. Cancer treatment and life with cancer, has expenses that are not covered by insurances, and this charity provides cash for help.
“When Aspen was diagnosed, we went to Minneapolis-St Paul for treatment. We didn’t know anybody else in North Dakota going through this. Brave the Shave bridges this gap, provides families with support, fun get togethers and just supports one another,” said Randi Heisler, who is Aspen’s mother.
The Pierce County Board of County Commissioners recently approved Brave the Shave as a “public spirited organization,” in addition to approving a raffle permit request from the organization for fund raising purposes. “Public spirited organizations are considered to be ‘willing to help the wider concern,'” said Karin Fursather, Pierce County auditor.
The Rugby event was the 11th event held in the area this year. The next event is scheduled for Minot on Friday, April 27 at the IBEW Hall and starts at noon. Registration is at www.bravetheshave.net.
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