Bikes for Kids St. Louis is proud to announce our first winner of the summer - McKinley CLA Middle School 8th grader, Malcolm Hinkebein!
Malcolm was nominated by his teacher and McKinley Athletic Director, Paul Husch, for being so outstanding at the school.
"Malcolm is a great student who for the past seven years has donated his hair for St. Baldrick's," Paul said. "Outside of that, he is always willing to lend a helping hand to the other students at McKinley."
It was through the Helen Fitzgerald Irish Grill and Pub's annual St. Baldrick's events that Malcolm raised money and shaved his head since 2010. When Peggy Schneider, organizer of the Helen Fitzgerald event, learned about Malcolm's nomination, she said:
"Malcolm has been shaving at our Helen Fitzgerald's St. Baldrick's event for years, along with his mom and brother, so they have really made it a true family event. Even though he is young, he truly gets why he is donating. He wants to help kids with cancer and he cares about others, which means a lot to us."
On an even bigger scale, the St. Baldrick's Foundation caught wind of Malcolm's dedication to kids and CEO Kathleen Ruddy was thrilled.
"St. Baldrick’s is so grateful to kids like Malcolm, for volunteering their time and their hair to raise money for childhood cancer research,” the CEO said. “Malcolm exemplifies what is best about young people and their inherent nature to want to help those in need. To see kids helping other kids is truly amazing and we are so proud of Malcolm and all that his has done to help kids with cancer.”
Gary was moved by such a young man making such a big difference.
"Did you ever think that you could inspire an adult?" Gary asked Malcolm. "You are making such a difference and it's inspiring to see your dedication to childhood cancer. We are so proud of you."