Bay man on the mend shaves head to help others

Tim Pell, foreground, is surrounded by family and friends in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Pictured are (middle row) Jean Pell, Nancy Clark, Todd Tramba; (back row) Victoria Stavlas, Jerry Stavlas, Holly Tramba, Doug Gertz, Dwight Clark, Jim Sgro. Photo by Karen Gertz

There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned haircut, yet the one served up recently by one of our very own, Jim Sgro of Village Barber Shop, was one to remember. Tim Pell, a longtime Bay Village resident, friend and community volunteer, had recently undergone hip replacement surgery. Under strict doctor’s orders, Tim was limited in his mobility and ability to travel in the early stages of his recovery, and therefore unable to participate in the March fundraising event in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, held at the Lakewood Elks Lodge in Westlake.
However, Tim and his wife, Jean, strongly desired to support the St. Baldrick’s initiative, an effort to raise money to cure childhood cancer, and recognized there should be no obstacle to giving for this incredibly worthy cause. Enter Jim Sgro, armed with a desire to assist, coupled with a full arsenal of hair-cutting equipment and supplies.

Jim, without hesitation, eagerly agreed to make the trip, after business hours, to the Pells' house on Lake Road in Bay Village. With little fanfare, Jim personally, unselfishly and gladly shaved Tim’s head for the good cause, in exchange for a generous donation by Tim and Jean to St. Baldrick’s.

The occasion made for a very fun get-together with friends, including Jerry and Vickie Stavlas, Doug and Karen Gertz, and Todd and Holly Tramba, joining in the hair-cutting and fundraising festivities, while sharing a bit of post-St. Patrick’s Day cheer. It takes a village, and this Bay Village group, along with good-guy Jim Sgro, didn’t disappoint.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.13.2014