BenU St. Baldrick’s event makes a statement

Thymur Chaudhry gets his hair cut during the St. Baldrick's Event hosted to raise money for children with cancer. Photo by Sarah Jaber.

By Taylor Hoppe


The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Rotaract hosted a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event last week to raise money for children with cancer.

The St. Baldrick’s foundation is a charity that raises money for childhood cancer research. Started in 2000, the foundation has grown significantly to events that are held in 22 countries including India, Canada, China, Japan and Singapore.

“I wanted to make a ‘bald’ statement,” commented Thymur Chaudhry president of Rotaract. “[St. Baldrick’s] is an easy, nice way to get involved in the cancer fight.”

“There’s no better cause than the St. Baldrick’s foundation,” said Chemical Stockroom Manager Eileen Kivlin. “I would probably never shave my head, but I am inspired to after being here!”

A total of 25 people volunteered to shave their heads to raise money for the cause.

To help meet their monetary goal, shavees were auctioned off. Those in attendance could hold up homemade shamrock paddles to donate money to the foundation. Top winners raised more than $50 each to shave their heads.

“I shaved my head two years ago,” shared Chaudhry, who had a full head of hair before the event. “You forget the feeling. I’m getting a cold draft right now.”

Chaudhry adds that he particularly likes the event because it adds excitement to such a scary illness.

Senior Breanne Rimkus agreed, “It’s a really upbeat event that raises awareness for a good cause.”

Colleen Gregorio contacted Chaudhry before the event. She shared that her niece Hannah was diagnosed with cancer and that she, her husband and their two sons would like to be involved with the event.

“We have a very close family,” commented Gregorio. “This was a fun way to help support Hannah and support the cause.”

Her sons, ages 5 and 6, got their heads shaved at the event Thursday night. “[Shaving their heads] was a great way to show their support for Hannah,” Gregorio added.

Combined, AMSA and Rotaract had a goal of raising $5,000. While totals are still being calculated, the groups collected $3,021 before the official St. Baldrick’s event took place. “I’m confident that we raised the rest of the money tonight,” said Chaudhry.

Official totals for the event can be found by searching Benedictine University on the St. Baldrick’s website,