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BU Athletics St. Baldrick’s Event Raises Over $13,000

Fundraiser for pediatric cancer research brings in 100-plus shavees

March 6, 2012


BU Athletics St. Baldrick’s Event Raises Over $13,000

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton University athletics department in conjunction with Residence Life and Alpha Phi Omega hosted a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event Monday evening in the West Gym lobby. The Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Over 100 members of the Binghamton University community shaved their heads, helping to raise over $13,000 for pediatric cancer research.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure.

Through its community service subcommittee, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initially proposed the idea to have a St. Balrick’s fundraiser on campus. SAAC member Kate Price (softball), was extremely influential in creating a successful event and raised over $1,400 to shave her head. Initially, the idea to shave her head began as a bet with her teammates, which quickly turning into a full-fledged fundraiser. Price’s father also joined in on the festivities, shaving his head during the two-hour event.

Along with Price, runners Jeff Martinez and Chris Hernandez, men’s lacrosse player Shawn Needham and track and field head coach Mike Thompson all shaved their heads. SAAC president Julie Chambers, along with runners Ashley Horton and Kerri Valero and women’s tennis coach Libby McGovern trimmed their hair and donated it to Locks of Love during the St. Baldrick’s event. The hair donated will be used to make wigs for cancer patients.

Several Binghamton athletic programs were on hand to support their teammates. Members of the volleyball, softball, wrestling, track and field and cross country teams were all in attendance to witness their teammates shed their hair. A few were even convinced to join in themselves once at the fundraiser.

In addition to the efforts of the Binghamton University community, Moe’s Southwest Grill on the Vestal Parkway joined the fight against pediatric cancer by donating a portion of each sale from March 7 to St. Baldrick’s on behalf of Binghamton University.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has raised over $78 million and has eclipsed the number of events organized in 2011 (1,047) already in 2012 (1,052).  In just two months St. Baldrick’s has raised over $10 million and had 30,000-plus shavees participate in one of their events.

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.

To sign up for a future event as a shavee or volunteer, or to make a donation, please click here.

All proceeds go directly to the St. Baldrick’s foundation.

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