Wednesday, March 26, 2014

St. Baldrick’s Fundraising Results, by Megan Sukovich

UWL raises nearly $3,000 at the seventh annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event on Saturday March 8th for childhood cancer research. 108 students, staff, faculty and community members cut or shaved their hair in unity with those afflicted with cancer.

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s goal is to work with pediatric oncologists to research and create funding to impact the lives of the many children that are impacted by cancer. St. Baldrick’s has already raised $ 17,049,198 nation wide in 2014.

UWL plays a part by raising money for the cause and donating locks. Student staff member, Tricia Fredrickson, was one of the many people to fully shave their head. Fredrickson has a deep emotional connection to the cause. She states, “ After my hair had been completely shaved off I felt exhilarated, almost like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. That is what ensured me that I had done the right thing even though it was a completely impulsive decision.”

Fredrickson encourages all students to participate in future St. Baldrick’s events. “I would encourage everyone to try it at least once. There is so much good that comes out of the experience even if you don't get to see all of the positivity first hand.”