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Our view: Go bald for great cause

If you wake up Friday or Saturday morning and find that your head is a lot colder than the day before, you’ll know you’ve done a good deed.

That’s because chances are you are one of the hundreds of McHenry County residents who agreed to have all of your hair cut off in honor of St. Baldrick’s Day.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a national charity that supports pediatric cancer research. Volunteers raise money by shaving their heads completely bald for donations.

In McHenry County, the event has been growing for years.

Just take the city of McHenry, which deserves our congratulations. When its event concludes Thursday evening at McHenry West High School, it will have set the world record for the most number of people to have their head shaved at a single location.

That’s right. The world record!

Almost 700 residents had signed up as of Tuesday. Just as impressive is the amount of money being raised in McHenry, about $110,000.

“I am so proud of [District] 156 for bringing this event to McHenry, and to [Districts] 15 and 36 for supporting it too,” McHenry Mayor Sue Low said in a message to the community. “I hope that every ‘baldie’ and everyone who supported them in any way share in the pride our community should feel about this accomplishment!”

McHenry isn’t the only community to participate, of course.

There also are head-shavings planned later this week in Crystal Lake, Woodstock Algonquin and other communities.

There might be a lot fewer well-groomed heads of hair in McHenry County in a couple of days. But area residents should celebrate in their baldness.

It’s all for a great cause.

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