January 23, 2012
Tulane University medical students and staff will shave their heads Feb 8 to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
More than 100 Tulane University medical students and staff members will go bald in solidarity with pediatric cancer patients next month in one of the area’s largest head-shaving fundraisers for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to cure childhood cancers.
The event, which is organized entirely by first- and second-year students at Tulane University School of Medicine, is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the atrium lobby of Tulane Medical Center, 1415 Tulane Ave. The head-shaving festivities will also feature a silent auction, bake sale and event shirt sales to raise money to build a “Boundless Playground” within Tulane Medical Center so that all children seeking treatment at the hospital, including those with disabilities, will have a safe and fun place to play.
“In the past four years, Tulane students and staff have raised more than $253,000 for St. Baldrick’s with a total of 573 heads shaved,” said student organizer Maja Katusic. “We’re hoping to surpass $300,000 this year by raising more than $60,000, but we need as many people as we can to help us reach that goal.”
Members of the public are invited to join students in donating – or participating by having their heads shaved. Some of Tulane’s youngest oncology patients will also be on hand to help volunteer stylists lead the shearing and cheer on students. Click here to find out more or to make a donation.
Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. St. Baldrick’s grants provide institutions with resources to enable them to conduct more research and enroll more kids in ongoing clinical trials – their best hope for a cure. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, visit www.stbaldricks.org.
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