Going bald to fight cancer

by Rabia Choudhry


On Mar. 29, Benedictine will be joining the St. Baldrick’s craze by hosting its first ever St. Baldrick’s event.

St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven organization that donates for children cancer research and provides survivors with long lives. The common fundraiser is a head-shaving event where people choose to shave their heads to raise money for cancer research for children, and it will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday in Birck 112.

Rotaract and AMSA are co-hosting the St. Baldrick’s event, which is open to the entire community.

“As the end of the year is approaching, we thought that a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser could help us finish our year strong,” said Treasurer of Rotaract Zoya Zammir.

The event is open to faculty, staff, students and whoever wants to help raise money for the childhood cancer research. Monetary donations are also accepted and volunteers are also welcomed to assist with the event.

“I feel very inspired after receiving warm emails from people,” said Thymur Chaudhry, president of AMSA and Rotaract. “One of the emails [I received] was from a family who has a child fighting cancer. They wanted to make their child an honor child for this cause.”

In order to support the cause and show unity in the cancer-fighting community, 16-year-old Hannah and her family will be attending Benedictine’s St. Baldrick’s event.

“I am very happy to see so many people being inspired, enthusiastic and motivated to participate and this is just one event that we are trying to use to put similes on the faces of these children,” said Chaudhry.

Volunteering to shave your head is an interesting way to raise funds, and it will be a new experience for many people.

“Recently, my aunt was fighting cancer and I wanted to do something to show her my support and becoming a shave was something that I could do,” shared Sameer Syed, president of Health Policy Action Committee Club.

Both Rotaract and AMSA are working to meet their goal of raising $5,000 for childhood cancer.  By having an auction day, these clubs are making this event more fun.

“The way [the auction] works is that people bid on shavees and whoever bids the highest gets to shave the head of the shavee,” said Sameer Syed. “It is always a curiosity to see how your friends will look like when they are bald. At first it seemed hard and we weren’t sure how we will manage it, but then it grew and got bigger and we hope to see a lot more success.”