Southview teacher to spend summer ‘TRI-ing for a cure’

For the sixth consecutive year, a number of students, parents and community members had their hair cut to benefit Locks of Love / St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Southview Elementary School in Waconia.

The event, which was dedicated to Clearwater Middle School student Tate Maurer, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, was held at Southview on Monday, Jan. 21. Great Clips provided some of the hair cutters.

Locks of Love is a program takes donated hair and makes high-quality hairpieces for disadvantaged kids with medical hair loss. St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises funds through a variety of ways — including head shaving events — to fund childhood cancer research grants.

Third grade teacher Josh Sell was among those who had his or her hair cut for the cause.

Although Sell had his head shaved during the event, he is prepared to do much more for St. Baldrick’s Foundation by launching the “TRI-ing for a cure” effort.

In the coming months, Sell is planning to raise money for the foundation through his participation in at least four or five triathlons or 5K events, starting with the Buffalo Triathlon in June.

For each event he takes part in, Sell hopes to raise $1 for the number of participants in the event. So, if the event has 1,000 participants, Sell hopes to raise $1,000 in donations, all for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Why do all of this? Sell said he simply wants to do more, especially with several area students, two with connections to Southview, recently battling cancer. Sell noted that St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

“I thought the races would be a good way to reach people. Some of the races can have up to 1,600 participants. It’s not bad way to spend a summer,” he said.

Of course, Sell hopes to raise more than his stated goal. Sell is looking at having donations sent straight to St. Baldrick’s website (www.stbaldricks.org), donations given at the event sites, and also donations to possibly cover the cost of participating in the events ($50-100).

To learn more or to make a donation to “TRI-ing for a cure,” visit Sell’s webpage at www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/participantid/581167. Sell also has a “TRI-ing for a cure” Facebook page that features more information about the effort.

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

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