STLCOP Students “Brave the Shave” for Childhood Cancer Research
Published on 29 March 2016
On St. Patrick’s Day, students, faculty, and staff came together to raise money for pediatric cancer research during the annual head-shaving event benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
As the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s supports institutions working to find cures for childhood cancers.
During the all-day event, supporters gathered on the quad to watch 14 participants “brave the shave,” losing their locks for charity after reaching their fundraising goals.
Among the participants was sophomore Steven Zou who was inspired to get involved in the charity after learning about their mission.
“As a future pharmacist, I will be impacting people around me for the better. By participating in this event, it’s rewarding to know that I am already making a difference by raising awareness for childhood cancer,” Zou said.
The event was organized by Kappa Psi and raised a total of $4,176 for cancer research. St. Baldrick’s provides grants to more than 361 institutions conducting laboratory and clinical cancer research.
With thousands of volunteers participating worldwide each year, St. Baldrick's events provide the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity for pediatric cancer research.
“It was a great experience seeing all of my friends standing by my side and cheering me on while I got my head shaved,” Zou said. “It’s wonderful to see organizations like Kappa Psi hosting such important events on campus.”