Chip Gaines Will Chop Long Locks for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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There’s another reason to love Magnolia entrepreneur and network star Chip Gaines.

Outside of his amazing wife Joanna and their awesome business ethos of helping people realize their dream homes and offering local craftspeople in the Waco, Texas area robust livelihoods, Chip is chopping his much-discussed long hair off for good!

Today, the star of Fixer Upper, Chip Gaines, who famously shaved his head four years ago to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, issued a press release to TV Shows Ace about the new fundraising challenge on Instagram.

His hopes? To inspire a similar outcome.

Now through Friday, Aug. 27, fans, celebrities, and other St. Jude supporters will determine the length of Gaines’ next haircut – for every fundraising milestone that is met, additional inches of hair will be trimmed or shaved.

About Chip Gaines and the new network

Chip and Joanna Gaines launched Magnolia Network on discovery+, and the reviews are in. The shows resonate with the fans who came to know them on their earlier TV series.

With his wife Joanna, Chip has his fans divided over his long hair, which grew during the pandemic.

Gaines ignored detractors and opted to wait until his hair reached a certain length before chopping it all off for charity.

All donations are to St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.

For those unaware, the largesse of Chip and Joanna Gaines and other benefactors means that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food. Because all a family should worry about is helping their child recover and survive their illness.

The press statement for Gaines revealed a helper for Gaines:

Gaines will prepare for his much-anticipated haircut with the help of 16-year-old St. Jude patient Bailey. At age 11, his doctor referred Bailey to St. Jude for treatment of bone cancer after an X-ray revealed a tumor on his left femur. He underwent nearly a year of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, limb-sparing surgery and multiple other surgeries and procedures.  Bailey’s mother describes him as “a little like sweet tea on a front porch” because of the wisdom he shows beyond his years. He is a renaissance teen who likes art, tinkering with gadgets, golf and playing with his dogs. He shares another thing in common with Gaines besides a curious mind and a mutual love of fishing – Bailey also sports a Gaines-worthy head of perfectly coiffed hair.

Chip and Joanna love this charity

The Gaineses have consistently supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over time.

In 2017, Chip’s first “Operation Haircut” raised $230,000.

That same year, the couple teamed up with a retail giant, Target, to renovate the St. Jude patient family dining room at Target House, a long-term “home away from home” for patient families receiving treatment at St. Jude.

In 2019, the Chip Gaines-led “Chip in Challenge” raised an additional $998,000 via social media with the help of some celebrity supporters.

The Gaineses visited St. Jude that year to unveil a garden-themed playhouse designed for all St. Jude kids staying at Target House. It was during that visit that Chip Gaines connected with Bailey.

“We are leaving Memphis changed. Kiddos of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we go with your faces on our minds and your stories in our hearts,” said Joanna Gaines following the family’s 2019 visit in their joint press statement.

To learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit stjude.org and to support this fundraiser with Chip Gaines, visit Instagram or stjude.org/chipin.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago.

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

 

April Neale

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