The Joy to be Bald fundraising program started by Lori Mayer of Lori's Cafe in Liberty, now in its 11th year, has several events planned in October to benefit its youngest recipient to date.

Three-year-old Addison, a resident of Liberty, is home recovering from surgery last week. After her second visit to the doctor's Sept. 14 because she wasn't feeling well, an X-ray revealed a mass on her kidney.

Three days later, she underwent an extremely long surgery at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, because of her positive progress in recovery, Addison was allowed to return home.

The Joy to be Bald events to benefit Addison include a bake sale Sunday, Oct. 4, at Lori's Cafe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a Walk-a-Thon Sunday, Oct. 18, from Walker Elementary School to the Liberty Fire Station at 1 p.m.; a chicken barbecue/mac 'n' cheese drive-thru Wednesday, Oct. 21, with pickup service from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Fire Station; and an online auction Oct. 18-21. Details for the annual head-shaving event will be announced later.

People wishing to donate baked goods for the sale can drop off items at Lori's Cafe before 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Orders for pies or other baked goods can be placed at 589-4141 prior to the event. Pledge sheets for the Walk-a-Thon are available at Lori's Cafe and Totman Enterprises Inc. on Route 3 in Belmont, and pre-orders for the chicken barbecue can be placed at 589-4141.

For more information contact Lori Mayer, 589-4141, lorim63@live.com, or Sue Totman 322-2567, susan@virtualbizconnection.com, or check Joy to be Bald on Facebook. A GoFundMe site has also been started for people who wish to help Addison and her family with expenses. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/y5k8jpbg.

This annual fundraiser for local cancer victims originated as a fundraiser for Mayer's friend Joy Mehuren. Joy lost her fight against cancer July 6, 2011, and in her honor the event has lived on to continue to help other cancer victims.