A Bayville fourth-grader has raised $6,000 to benefit childhood cancer research by having his head shaved each year since 2012.
Richard Watson, 10, who goes to Bayville Intermediate School, has raised the money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation through an annual fundraiser at The Downtown Café in Glen Cove. This year's event attracted more than 100 people who shaved their heads to show solidarity with those who lose hair during cancer treatment.
Richard's total this year was $2,225, making him the third-highest fundraiser of all those participating at the cafe last month.
"It makes me feel so good," he said. "You just feel right when you donate all of that money."
Richard also coordinated a bake sale last month in front of a local supermarket, selling homemade brownies, cookies and cupcakes, with many decorated in green and orange coloring in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. He sold rubber bracelets for $5 that read "Keep calm and fight on" and "Never give up."
Richard said his inspiration to participate stems from seeing a child at the first St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser he attended four years ago.
"He had cancer and died two years later," he said. "I wanted to do something to help him."
Richard plays baritone horn in his school's band and plays baseball in the Bayville Locust Valley Little League.