March 2, 2006
Thursday night some UVA students showed their support for a great cause. The students are very serious about raising money for childhood cancer research--so serious they shaved their heads to prove it.
"Kids don't have a chance when they're diagnosed with Leukemia at age two, if there's no research to support them," said Erin Henshaw, who organized the event at O'Neill's Pub in Charlottesville.
So tonight she organized an event for St. Baldrick's. It's a national organization that raises money across the country this time of year, just before St. Patrick's Day.
"it's a children's cancer foundation. They raise money. You shave your head and you have people sponsor you, giving you donations," explained David Jacobs, who shaved his head for the cause.
From there the money raised by the "shavees" is given to St. Baldrick's. Henshaw said it wasn't hard to find volunteers.
"I didn't have to beg people to shave their heads, I got three girls, just from telling people about the event," said Henshaw. "I walked around campus and heard people saying, 'Oh, this guy in my politics class is shaving his head.' My shavees did a great job of doing their own publicity."
Michelina DelGizzi, a fourth-year student at UVA said she wanted to shave her head, but her parents wouldn't let her. Still, she was happy to help out with tonight's event and cheer on the "shavees."
"I definitely give kudos to everyone who shaved just because, I don't know, it's still really cold outside." said DelGizzi.
The guys and girls said that their newly shaved head is a symbol that shows support for cancer patients.
St. Baldrick's has raised nearly $7 million nationwide since it first started, five years ago. They give all money raised to CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation, one of the leaders in cancer research.
For more information on the organization, visit their website at: www.stbaldricks.org