Father Chris Ballard, pastor of Our Lady of Hope Church in Syracuse, shaved his head live on Facebook and Instagram March 29, making good on a fundraiser promise. Father Ballard “braved the shave” after raising more than $4,000 in donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises and distributes funds to support childhood cancer research.

“Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I was trying to come up with a creative way to do my almsgiving this Lent and St. Baldrick’s is it. I’m shaving my head with St. Baldrick’s to raise money and help conquer kids’ cancers!” Father Ballard wrote on his fundraising webpage.

The St. Baldrick’s Day shave event was to be held March 29 at Syracuse’s Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant — home to a blockbuster event that sees hundreds of participants raise hundreds of thousands of dollars every year —  but it has been postponed amid coronavirus restrictions. Father Ballard enlisted seminarian John Leo Oduor, who lives at Our Lady of Hope, to act as barber — in front of a live audience on social media. Watch Father Ballard go from green locks to bald at facebook.com/pg/ourladyofhopesyr. (Photo courtesy Father Chris Ballard)

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