Pete Lovejoy Source: Joy to Be Bald, Facebook

LIBERTY — Belfast Area High School athlete Pete Lovejoy will benefit from head-shaving and other events Sunday, Oct. 16, in the 13th annual Joy to Be Bald event.

Pete was diagnosed in February with a rare form of liver disease called Hepatocellular Carcinoma, or HCC. He has had five months of chemotherapy at Northern Light in Brewer and is currently receiving immunotheraphy at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

An accomplished athlete, Pete was diagnosed four days after placing 2nd at the KVAC Wrestling Championships in February. This football season, he is encouraging his teammates from the sidelines as an honorary Lions coach. He is the son of BAHS Principal Jeff Lovejoy.

Joy to Be Bald will take place at Lori’s Cafe, 504 Belfast-Augusta Road, with a sale of baked and handmade goods from 9 a.m. to noon, a walk-a-thon at 1 p.m. from Lori’s Cafe to Marshall Shores and back, and head-shaving at 2 p.m. Registration for the walk-a-thon opens at 12:30 p.m. The outdoor event will feature locally made pies, breads, whoopie pies, home canned goods and much more.

Pledge sheets for the walk-a-thon and head-shaving are available at Lori’s Cafe, Totman’s on Route 3 in Belmont, or online at facebook.com/joytobebald.

The annual Joy to Be Bald benefit began in 2010 as a dare between Café owner Mayer and a patron, who offered to donate money to a mutual friend if Mayer agreed to shave her head. It since has grown into an annual event to offer financial assistance to local people battling cancer. The event still bears the name of the original recipient and dear friend, Joy Mehuren, who succumbed to lung cancer in 2011.

A benefit dinner Monday, Oct. 10, kicked off the 2022 campaign, with those proceeds going to Lisa Mosher, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Mosher, the owner of Dockside Restaurant, where the dinner was held, is recovering from surgery and has just begun radiation treatment.

Donations of home-canned and baked goods are requested for the bake sale and can be dropped off any time before 9 a.m. Sunday at Lori’s Cafe.

Additional details and information can be found on facebook at facebook.com/joytobebald, via email, lorim63@live.com, or by phone, Lori Mayer, 589-4141, or Sue Totman, 322-2567.