Mt. Carmel students shave heads for St. Baldrick's; event honors 2 kids, teacher

WLS logo
Thursday, March 17, 2016

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Some Chicago teenagers shaved their heads in support of childhood cancer research Thursday.

Mount Carmel High School students volunteered to go bald during the event.

It's part of the St. Baldrick's head shaving charity, with Thursday's event honoring two children and a Mt. Carmel teacher stricken with cancer.

Emily Beazley, 12, of the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood who died last year from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and a St. John, Ind., 10-year-old boy named Drew P. who survived neuroblastoma were honored. Drew was diagnosed in 2007 and is now cancer free.

Mt. Carmel also honored popular theology teacher Kevin Hansen, who died a year ago at the age of 33, just one week after being diagnosed with leukemia. Hansen's parents were honored and the students sang their teacher's favorite song to perform at previous St. Baldrick's events, Styx's "Come Sail Away."

Mt. Carmel teacher Kevin Hansen honored at St. Baldrick's event

More than $133,000 has been raised for the cause, with 39 particpants shaving their heads at Thursday's event.