Shorn for a cause

Kim Klayum submitted to a shearing last weekend both as a way to raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and to show support for her sister Deb Jordan, who suffers from multiple myeloma and recently lost her hair due to chemotherapy. (Photo submitted)

Kim Klayum’s commitment to cancer research is evident from one look at her head.

Klayum, an Eagan resident and the business manager at Paideia Academy in Apple Valley, devised a novel way to get students and staff at the K-8 charter school involved in her fundraising efforts for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

The deal was, if they helped her reach a goal of $5,000, she’d shave her head and provide an ice cream party for the class that brought in the most money.

The fundraising effort was part of Klayum’s work leading up to a 5K walk/run to benefit the multiple myeloma foundation held Sept. 30 in St. Paul.

Klayum’s sister, Deb Jordan of Apple Valley, suffers from this form of blood cancer and recently lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment. Friends and family of Deb Jordan who participated in the 5K called themselves “Team Jordan.”

Last week, Paideia students and staff collectively donated more than $1,300 – putting Team Jordan’s fundraising total at $6,500 – and true to her word Klayum submitted to the shears at a friend’s house over the weekend.

Susan Sailors’ sixth-grade class at Paideia Academy had a photo taken with the freshly depilated Klayum on Monday after the class won last week’s fundraising challenge. (Photo submitted)

Klayum said she intends to donate her hair to Locks of Love, the nonprofit that provides hairpieces to children suffering medical hair loss.

Paideia students in Susan Sailors’ sixth-grade class brought in the most donations, and they had a class photo taken with the freshly depilated Klayum on Monday.

More about the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, along with information about Team Jordan, can be found at