St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Research Fund Raiser Draws Children

Nikolas Archambean is four.

His mother Candie waits on the Crystal Lake Kiwanis when the club meets at Colonial.

She must have been talking about the St. Baldrick’s children cancer research fund raiser, because one time when I was having lunch, Candie told me that her son was going to have his head shaved to help the kids with cancer.

As luck would have it, I was at McHenry County College when Nikolas was on the barber stool.

Although it was his idea, not quite four-year old Nikolas Archambeau seems a bit apprehensive before his hair-cut began.

Although it was his idea, Nikolas Archambeau seems a bit apprehensive before his hair-cut began.

At the same time, a McHenry County College student names Ashley was undergoing similar removal of her blond hair.

At another station Ashley Niemesz was preparing to be shaved.

At another station Ashley Niemesz was preparing to be shaved.

My attention, of course, was on the three-year old.

With the job half done, Nikolas still doesn't seem to think it's a good idea, even though it was his own.

With the job half done, Nikolas still doesn’t seem to think it’s a good idea, even though it was his own.

Crystal Lake Kiwanis President Molly Carp holds mirror for Nik to see how he looks halfway through the haircut.

The mirror is held for Nikolas to see the progress.

The mirror is held for Nikolas to see the progress.

The haircut continued.

Almost done.

Almost done.

Nikolas raised over $500 by getting his head shaved.

Nikolas wanted to make sure all of his hair was cleaned up.

Nikolas wanted to make sure all of his hair was cleaned up.

Meanwhile, Ashley’s haircut was done.

Ashly felt her new hairdoo.

Ashly felt her new hairdo.

Bald apparently wasn’t comfortable.

Apparently Ashley wasn't comfortable being bald.

Apparently Ashley wasn’t comfortable being bald.

Later Ashley took the microphone.

Ashley took the microphone and made an announcment.

Ashley took the microphone and made an announcement.

She announced that she had shaved her head because her friend Bob Gibbons had a tumor.

Bob Gibbons expressed his appreciation to Ashley by giving her a thumbs up.

Bob Gibbons expressed his appreciation to Ashley by giving her a thumbs up.

The two hugged.

Ashley Niemesz and Bob

Ashley Niemesz and Bob Gibbons hugged.

A couple of Bob’s other friends stepped up for a photo.

A couple of Bob's friends took the stage for a photo op.

A couple of Bob’s other friends took the stage for a photo op.

I tried to get all four of the friends together, but one left before my camera recycled.

I almost got all four friends posing together.

I almost got all four friends posing together.


Bob told me that he had a tumor at the back of his head. One third was cut out, but the rest can only be treated with less invasive methods.


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St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Research Fund Raiser Draws Children — 3 Comments

  1. Just to let you know, Nikolas is not quite 3. He will be 3 on Easter! 😉

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