Perhaps no other fundraiser involves people having their heads shaved, but since 1999 the St. Baldrick’s foundation has organized efforts all over the world to fund research for childhood cancer and facilitate treatments for young people fighting this deadly disease. (Photo above is from St. Baldrick’s event on campus in 2012.)
This year, the young men of Phi Kappa Tau (PKT) fraternity at Centre College have set a lofty goal of raising $10,000 for this annual event on campus. “Shavees” solicit donations, then on Friday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m. in front of Campus Center, local beauticians will shave participants’ heads in front of the crowd gathered to cheer them on during Carnival. (Update: Due to inclement weather in the forecast, Carnival and the St. Baldrick’s event have been moved to Sutcliffe.)
“My fraternity brothers and I take this charge to heart and commit ourselves annually this event,” says Dexter Horne, a sophomore from Louisville and philanthropy and service chair for this past year. “Our goal for this year is high and it will take energy and will to reach it.”
“Shavees” raise funds individually or as teams. The brothers of PKT have formed a team in challenge to the first team, Shorn Sisters of Centre C, that is composed of Eva Cadavid, assistant professor of philosophy, Jami Powell, evening circulation for Grace Doherty Library, and Jaemi Loeb, assistant professor of music.
“The people involved are participating because they are honoring either a child cancer hero, or for family members who have been affected by cancer,” Cadavid says. “Our women’s team is specifically taking a stand against the additional stigma that females face if chemotherapy claims their hair.”
So far, a total of 23 people have signed up as “shavees,” raising more than $7,000.
“Be a hero for kids with cancer!” Horne says. “Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement. The non-profit St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.”
Individuals and teams will be accepting cash and check donations any time leading up to and during the event Friday. Checks may be mailed to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 S. Mayflower Ave. Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016. Make checks payable to ‘The St. Baldrick’s Foundation’ (Centre College in the memo).
by Cindy Long