Opinion: Head-shaving event was inspiring

Main Street Barber Shop owner Jason Peek shaves Ethan Timpe during a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event. (Staff photo)

Main Street Barber Shop owner Jason Peek shaves Ethan Timpe during a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event. (Staff photo)

Commentary Jason Peek

Well now that I’m thawed out from this lovely weather we’ve been having I’m ready to write some “Shop Talk” stories this year, and my first one of 2014 is a positive one!

Feb. 28 and March 1 was the very first Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association and St. Baldrick’s Faceoff Against Pediatric Cancer at the Carmel Ice Skadium. It was a Grand Slam with over $20,000 raised to support pediatric cancer research!

As usual, the Main St. Barber Shop came to help and shaved some skulls for this wonderful organization.

Better yet, it was an honor to meet the three pediatric cancer survivors who were in attendance: Eli Dilts, Matthias Vescelus and Tatum Parker.

Tatum runs “Tatum’s Bags of Fun” which is our other head shaving event.

It also was an honor to meet and get a picture with Chuck Chamness, the Chairman of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation (and the host of his own head shaving event on March 14th at the Northside Knights of Columbus).

I also would like to give a shout out to Gary and Tricia Timpe, who got us involved with these wonderful organizations. We have enjoyed building a friendship with them and their family.

I also need to throw some love to all who helped make this work, including the Esterline family and Taryn Johns and Mike Wall. It is awesome to be involved with a positive group and to see the love and dedication it takes to throw an event together to help others!

Wouldn’t it be nice if the world always worked together for the good of all?……Yeah!

We had all these brave little kids and their families stepping up to the plate to shave their heads (and they all had to donate or raise at least $50 bucks to get shaved).

To see all these kids doing this out of love and care for others is amazing and inspiring! I love to see unselfish people’s smiles as they sacrifice themselves to help others! We had nothing but laughter and smiles all around the rink on both days.

If your child is thinking about playing hockey, I think the Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association is a classy organization that teaches hockey skills, as well as “life skills.”

I also encourage all the Current readers to look into St. Baldrick’s and Tatum’s Bags of Fun events and get involved or at least donate what you can to help these children, and you can also friend them, or Main Street Barber Shop, on Facebook to see when these events are and share in the fun and pictures of the events.

As a matter of fact, the Shamrock Shuffle on March 15th is a race held here in Carmel which benefits Tatum’s Bags of Fun.


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