Students Get Their Heads in the Game to Fight Cancer, Break Record

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio--Students and staff at a Lakewood high school unofficially broke a Guinness world record Friday while raising money for cancer research.

Clippers were working non-stop in the Saint Edward High School gym Friday afternoon as more than 460 students and staff gathered for "Clips for Cancer."

Students and staff at the all-boys Lakewood school shaved their heads so they could attempt to beat the Guinness world record of 381 heads shaved in one hour set back in 2012.

"Clips for Cancer is a great event where the whole school becomes united and we all show our support for the fight against childhood cancer," said Danny McManamon, a student at St. Edward.

During the event, organizers were able to raise more than $10,000 for St. Baldrick’s who supports pediatric cancer research.

Saint Edward's inspiration for the event is 9-year-old Michael Orbany who suffers from brain and spinal cancer.

"They have so much faith love and hope for Michael and his journey and they have surrounded us and surrounded us with love. The soaring eagles are always flying high for the Orbany family,” said Georgianne Orbany, Michael’s mother.

"Saint Ed's is an awesome place here. We are all doing this to show him that we are with him in this battle," said Matt Orbany, Michael’s older brother.

A group of 10 stylists from the Charles Scott Salon in Rocky River donated their time to clip those heads clean.

"When Saint Ed's came to us because there is a student here, his younger brother is conflicted with cancer. So, we wanted to donate our time to help this effort and bring awareness to cancer research for children," Chaz Henline said.

In order to break the Guinness world record, each hair stylist had a little bit more than 90 seconds to cut each head of hair.

When the hour was up, Saint Edward unofficially broke the Guinness world record with 430 heads shaved which Michael Orbany really appreciated.

"Thank you Saint Edward Eagles," said Michael Orbany.


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