Students shave heads to fight cancer
The St. Baldrick's Knights student organization raised over $4,000 for cancer research at an event that saw more than 12 students shaved bald outside of the Student Union Nov. 21.
Volunteer stylists from SportClips worked from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. shaving heads and styling the hair of any student volunteers. According to a press release, any cuts of hair over 12 inches in length were donated to the charity Wigs for Kids, which uses the trimmings in the fabrication of hairpieces for children rendered prematurely bald in the course of their cancer treatments.
Despite setting a goal of $2,000 for the event, the organization managed to raise just over $4,027 by the end of the day, said Daniel Pooler, a freshman political science major and one of the event's organizers.
"It was a great turn-out," Pooler said. "We had plenty of students show up. I was thrilled by how many people were at [the event]."
The St. Baldrick's Knights are a local offshoot of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization established in 2004 to provide funding for research into childhood cancers, according to its website. In the last decade, head-shaving events hosted by St. Baldrick's have raised over $100 million for cancer research.