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posted: 3/3/2014 1:06 PM

Lake Villa students raise cash for St. Baldrick fundraiser

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  • From left, Natalia Mullen, Maeve Kucia, Rachel Terry and Isabella Frank at Olive Martin School in Lake Villa.

    From left, Natalia Mullen, Maeve Kucia, Rachel Terry and Isabella Frank at Olive Martin School in Lake Villa.
    Courtesy of Peggy Flanagan Kucia

Submitted by Peggy Flanagan Kucia

Maeve Kucia, a sixth-grader at Olive Martin School in Lake Villa, heard about The St. Baldrick Foundation and knew exactly what she wanted to do.

She and her friends, Isabella Frank, Natalia Mullen and Rachel Terry, formed Team Gold and registered their team on the foundation's website. The St. Baldrick Foundation's sole purpose is to raise funding for childhood cancer research.

The girls kicked off their fundraising at a Martin School community meeting and a Lake Villa School District meeting by educating their audiences about St. Baldrick. They also announced that Maeve Kucia would be participating in the foundation's most distinctive aspect: a head-shaving event.

St. Baldrick participants shave their heads in solidarity with children who often lose their hair in treatment. Maeve is very excited to take part in this event.

Along with Team Gold's fundraising at school, Maeve has launched a solo email and Facebook campaign. To date, her solo efforts have raised more than $1,500. When added to the money collected within the school community, Team Gold hopes to far surpass their fundraising goal of $2,000.

Maeve's enthusiasm has even led her to dye her brown hair gold in honor of her team. She has also recruited her dad, Paul Kucia, to join the team and shave his head.

Anyone willing to help raise money for this great cause, and especially those who are willing to shave their head, are invited to join Team Gold at

There are many St. Baldrick events happening in the area during the month of March. Team Gold will be participating in the event at McHenry High School Thursday, March 13. More information on the foundation, how to donate and how to join Team Gold can be found on the St. Baldrick's Foundation website.

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