Students, staff get ready to go bald in honor of their friend Jake Franzel

Lindbergh students, staff and parents will collectively go under the razor this Friday and Saturday to raise money for childhood cancer research and show their support for Lindbergh High School senior Jake Franzel, who passed away earlier this year following a long and courageous battle with osteosarcoma.

Members of Team Jake’s Crew, which also supports senior and leukemia patient Joey Renick, will shave on back-to-back evenings, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Lindbergh High School Gym 3. On Saturday, members of the team also will be present at Helen Fitzgerald’s for the St. Louis area St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.

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Also inspired by the community’s support of Jake and Joey is LHS Academy teacher Kena Harrison, who has agreed to shave her head on Saturday if students raise $2,500 for St. Baldrick’s.

One look at her 14-inch ponytail will tell you why her students are so excited to meet the challenge, and no matter how much they raise, she will donate her ponytail to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for young cancer patients, according to a district news release. The team member who raises the most money on Harrison’s behalf will also get the honor of shaving the first locks of hair from her head

Friday and Saturday’s events are free and open to the public.