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BU Athletics Raises Over $22,000 For St. Baldrick’s Foundation

April 15, 2013

BU Athletics Raises Over $22,000 For St. Baldrick’s Foundation

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton University athletic department held a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraising and Shavee Event for the second straight year over the weekend, eclipsing last year’s total by more than $8,000. St. Baldrick’s is a non-profit organization that raises money to fund pediatric cancer research. In 2012, the Binghamton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in association with Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega raised over $13,000. On Saturday, the group surpassed that number by collecting $22, 018 in donations.

“I’m thrilled with the outcome of this year’s event,” Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development and SAAC Advisor Linda Reynolds said. “To raise nearly $10,000 more than we did last year is a testament to how these types of events can build over time and really bring together the Binghamton community.  Not only did our student-athletes and staff get involved, but general community members as well.”

Building off of last year’s momentum when SAAC orchestrated their first-ever St. Baldrick’s event, the three Binghamton student organizations decided on a goal of $21,000 for this year’s event - $1,000 for each of the Bearcats’ 21 sports teams. With the help of over 90 shavees and the greater Binghamton community the event succeeded in reaching its goal.

“The shavee event, itself, is really just the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes work that individuals have done to fundraise and promote the cause,” Reynolds continued. “If this event has even helped one child facing cancer to know there is hope, then we have done a tremendous job. The athletic department is already looking forward to next year and thinking of ways we can take this to the next level.”

Among the 90 shavees were SAAC members who assisted in pulling off a successful event. SAAC vice president Kate Price (softball), who raised $1,400 in 2012 by shaving her head, again surpassed the $1,000 mark after shedding her bright blonde hair. Fellow SAAC members Shawn Needham (men’s lacrosse) and Tyler Deuel (wrestling) also decided to sport the buzz-look while Kaitlyn Martin (women’s soccer) trimmed off 10-inches of her hair for Locks of Love.  Along with the SAAC members, a number of student-athletes from men’s lacrosse, wrestling, softball, swimming and diving and men’s and women’s soccer either shaved their heads or cut their hair for ‘Locks of Love’ in support of St. Baldrick’s.

Looking to capitalize on a day full of contests at the Bearcats Sports Complex, the Binghamton St. Baldrick’s event was supported by fans from the baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse games. However, the support was not limited to fans as Binghamton Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott joined the fight against childhood cancer.

“It was great to see the Bearcat community come together for such a special cause,” Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. “I thought we had a great turnout and it was fun to join our students, parents, colleagues and community members in supporting St. Baldrick’s and what they represent.”

Elliott wasn’t the only athletic department staff member to shave his head; Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs Dennis Kalina was one of the top individual fundraisers and a childhood cancer survivor himself. Kalina who shed his hair for the cause generated $1,904 for St. Baldrick’s.

“This is truly a personal cause for me because I was a childhood cancer survivor,” Kalina stated. “Participating in an event like this was a no-brainer and will hopefully help children burdened with this illness survive like I was able to. Just seeing the campus come together for this phenomenal event and support such a worthwhile cause was outstanding.”

Event participant Sean Wasser was the top individual fundraiser totaling $3,323 in donations, while ‘LifeSHAVERS’ were the top fundraising team with $4,645.

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. With only four percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has raised over $100 million, funding more childhood cancer research than any other organization besides the U.S. Government. In 2013 alone, there have been over 1,200 St. Baldrick’s events with more than 50,000 shavees helping raise over $25 million.

A special thanks to Cost Cutters for providing their services for the event.

For more information about St. Baldrick’s please visit www.stbaldricks.org or to donate to the Binghamton Athletics Event please click the link above.

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