Easley, S.C. customers at BI-LO store No. 5199 might have done a double-take to make sure they were in the right business Sept. 28 during a head- shaving event in the store’s parking lot, dedicated to raising money and awareness for pancreatic cancer.
The store teamed up with local business owner Elisha’s Hair and Boutique, as well as other community members to host the annual Let’s Change Cancer with your Changeevent.
All proceeds from the day’s events went to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, and members of the Pickens County community enjoyed a variety of activities while supporting friends and family who got their heads shaved in memory of those they lost to the disease. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death, with an estimated 38,460 people dying from the disease so far this year alone.
Event-goers snacked on shrimp and grits, barbeque and boiled peanuts while listening to live music and browsing an array of classic cars, jeeps and motorcycles. BI-LO gave away reusable bags filled with free goodies, including coupons and Chek soda T-shirts.
“While it was an emotional day for many, it was inspiring to see so many people out at the event supporting their neighbors,” said Nick Holthaus, store director. “Whether they were shaving their head in memory of a loved one, entering the car show or purchasing a plate of barbeque, everyone made a difference for those fighting the disease.”
When it was all said and done, close to $6,000 was raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Network.