Now you see it, soon you won’t: Chris and Tracey Gibbons and their six-year-old son Toby are having their heads shaved for St. Baldrick’s Day, a charity event that raises money for children with cancer. *Photo supplied
Now you see it, soon you won’t: Chris and Tracey Gibbons and their six-year-old son Toby are having their heads shaved for St. Baldrick’s Day, a charity event that raises money for children with cancer. *Photo supplied
It's all about solidarity for the Gibbons family as mom, dad and six-year-old son prepare to face the razor to sport the "bald and shiny" look for charity.

Chris and Tracey Gibbons and son Toby will have their heads shaved down to the scalp on 'St. Baldrick's Day' to raise awareness and money for children with cancer.

Team Gibbons will go under the razor on Friday, March 20 at 5pm at the Bermuda Athletic Association (BAA) in Woodlands Road, Pembroke.

The family has raised more than $4,350 in just a few days and they are hoping to top the $10,000 mark "for the indignity of walking around bald."

Mrs. Gibbons came up with idea of losing her locks after several of her friends, relatives and co-workers were diagnosed with cancer. She also wanted to set a good example as chairperson of the charity committee at Allied World, where she works as vice-president of specialty reinsurance.

However, the other members of her family needed a little more persuasion.

Toby, who goes to Somersfield Academy, initially pleaded with his mom to change her mind. He was horrified at the prospect of having a mom without any hair, he said she would look "very weird" and went as far as writing a protest song to try to change her mind.

But once Toby saw the smiling faces of young cancer sufferers on the St. Baldrick's website, he agreed not only support his mom but also to shave his own head.

Then Mr. Gibbons decided to jump onboard, agreeing to wave goodbye to his hair as well as his beard, which he likes to grow especially for the winter

But the couple's eight-year-old daughter Kayley is keeping her hair firmly on her head. It was a "no way" from her as she has long hair and likes to wear it in a ponytail.

Mrs. Gibbons said everyone had been very supportive and losing her hair would be "well worth it" for helping those in need.

She said: "Both Chris and I are at the age where a buzz cut is no longer cute or trendy.

"I mean, I'm not going to look like G.I. Jane, I'm going to be bald and shiny, I may look completely different, I'll probably look like a boy. Chris says I will probably look like something out of a concentration camp!

"My hair is very straight and I have no idea how it's going to grow back, it could be quite interesting especially when I walk into business meetings."

The charity's website features profiles of those who are shaving their heads and how much they have raised - so far eight people have registered in Bermuda.

To sponsor the Gibbons family go to www.stbaldricks.org and click on sponsor a participant and write in Team Gibbons.

Cheques made payable to P.A.L.S. will also be accepted if you want your money to specifically help children with cancer in Bermuda. Send donations to PO Box 2110, Hamilton, Bermuda, HMJX.