Centre and local community going bald for children's cancer research
RELEASED: March 8, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—One person's brother died from cancer. Another individual's sister recently beat the disease. Everyone gathering next Thursday on Centre College's campus in Danville will have a different story to tell, but they all will share one common goal: raising money for children's cancer research. And for this event, participants are going to extremes: around 40 Centre students, staff, faculty and Danville community members are shaving their heads in front of all who care to watch.
On Thursday, March 15, on the lawn in front of Cowan Dining Hall, the Centre and Danville community will celebrate St. Baldrick's Day, a worldwide fundraising program. St. Baldrick's began as a casual conversation between friends and has exploded into the world's biggest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer. Events have taken place in 10 countries and 42 states, raising over $20 million since 2000 and shaving more than 26,000 heads.
Derrick Grant '08, in conjunction with fellow members of the Centre Catholic Community, is student coordinator of the event and has been working since October to organize the activities. His involvement in St. Baldrick's day is personal.
"My grandfather died from cancer two weeks after I came to Centre as a freshman," Grant says. "Then my grandmother had cancer. No child should ever have to endure that."
And it is for children with cancer that Grant has gathered a group of Centre student organizations, local businesses and community members to organize a fundraiser that Grant hopes will help Centre reach its goal of raising $5.000 for children's cancer research.
Regarding the $5,000 goal, Grant says, "We're going to go way over it."
Dr. Melanie Hauser, Centre visiting assistant professor of chemistry, has agreed to shave her head for the cause.She adds, "I have offered a free autographed picture of me bald to anyone who donates in my name!"
Hauser is among several women who have committed to shaving their heads. Other shavees and sponsors include members of Centre's baseball team, members of several campus fraternities, Centre cheerleaders, and several Centre staff members, in addition to members of the Danville city community. Also, representatives from the Central Kentucky Cancer Program will distribute literature and information during the event.
Visit Centre's St. Baldrick's page online for information on how to donate or sponsor a shavee.
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