Scott Tyler is the man with the $300 head of hair. Or at least, he was. Tyler was one of approximately 20 students at Arapahoe Community College’s …
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Scott Tyler is the man with the $300 head of hair.
Or at least, he was.
Tyler was one of approximately 20 students at Arapahoe Community
College’s Law Enforcement Academy to shave their heads March 30 in
front of the college’s main building in Littleton to benefit St.
Baldrick’s Foundation. The nonprofit organization raises money for
children’s cancer research.
In exchange for their vanity, the soon-to-be peace officers
asked members of the community to donate to the foundation.
In Tyler’s case, it also took donations from his fellow
classmates. Because none of them thought he would willingly part
with his locks of light brown hair, the pot soon reached $300. He
“Anything that has to do with charity, I’m all for it,” said
Tyler, who mentioned he would have done it for as little as $20 but
enjoyed raising a hefty amount.
St. Baldrick’s is a favorite charity of police and fire
departments across the country, and that’s why law enforcement
student Chad Tausan, 23, was drawn to it. The former volunteer
firefighter in Evansville, Wyo., had seen firsthand how much money
shaving heads can raise, and presented the idea to his
“I just asked who would be interested and everyone jumped on
board immediately,” Tausan said.
St. Baldrick’s, which takes its name from a combination of
“bald” and “St. Patrick’s Day,” began on March 17, 2000, when three
Irish-American reinsurance executives in New York City opted to
forgo a traditional St. Patrick’s Day party and instead throw a
head-shaving benefit for children’s cancer research.
The idea quickly gained momentum and St. Baldrick’s events are
now widespread every March 17, as well as on other dates throughout
the year. Celebrities who have shaved their heads for St.
Baldrick’s include actors Michael Douglas and Jackie Chan, baseball
pitcher John Danks and magician David Blaine.
The foundation is so entwined with St. Patrick’s Day, in fact,
that Tausan jumped the gun. When he showed up at Arapahoe Community
College on March 30, his head was already buzzed from a date with a
razor two weeks prior. He decided to shave off his hair again as a
show of solidarity with his classmates.
“For all of us to come together and step up and do it, it really
shows that we’re more than just the guys who write tickets, more
than just the guys who send people to jail,” said Tausan, who
bravely went first.
Arapahoe Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy is a Peace
Officer Standards and Training-certified program that provides
basic training for students pursuing careers as peace officers.
Graduation requires 40 completed credit hours, which can be taken
either full- or part-time.
A solitary barber manned the clippers as the law enforcement
students took their turns saying goodbye to their hair. The length
of the event allowed the students to approach passers-by and
solicit donations. Individuals interested in making an online
donation in the name of the Arapahoe Community College’s Law
Enforcement Academy can visit
“What better cause than for childhood cancer?” Tausan said.
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