Four brave souls have signed up to have their heads shaved in support of the advancement of life-saving childhood cancer treatments.
The Scarlet & Cream Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted the annual Shave for the Brave event in conjunction with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on March 24 from 5-7 p.m. at the Visitor Center Abel-Sandoz.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization powered by volunteers and donors, is the the biggest source of funding for childhood cancer research grants in addition to the United States government. He collected a total of $314 million since 2005.
Karli Workman, Vice President of NRHH, said that the NRHH has set itself the goal of increasing $12,000 by the end of the year. Participants were encouraged to donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation either as an individual or as a team representing an organization, floor, class or department.
“Supporting Shave for the Brave is an easy way to give back to your community and help kids in need,” Workman said. “By supporting Shave for the Brave and St. Baldrick’s, we are able to fund groundbreaking cancer research that will give these children a chance to live the long, healthy lives they deserve.”
Schramm Hall residence manager Tucker Beck said it was the third year he had shaved his hair for the event.
“I like doing it because I know the money is going to good use,” Beck said.
He hoped that at least a few children would be inspired by his action to be brave during their cancer treatments.
Workman said that while it was a bit stressful to organize such a large event with only nine active chapter members, it was incredibly rewarding to see their efforts rewarded. The event had been moved online for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are incredibly excited and honored to be able to host this in-person event again and support children with cancer,” Workman said. “To see the impact our work will have on children battling cancer is amazing.”
NRHH member and second-year English and philosophy student Michael Hodge said he would normally shave his head, but this time he was prompted by those close to him to register as shaved.
“There were a few kids in my family who luckily won their battle with cancer,” Hodge said. “They’re in remission, but about two of my family members lost their battles, so it’s definitely a personal thing for me.”
the first three individuals who raised the most funds received Beats headphones. Morgan Renton, a first-year biological science and forensic science student, placed third for raising $136.65. The runner-up was Workman, who raised $225. Beck took first place after raising $350.83.
As of March 25, NRHH has raised a total of $3,725, but the campaign is far from over. Workman said the St. Baldrick’s Foundation The fundraising page will remain active until the end of the year.
“I just want to say again that I’m so proud of our chapter and our university for being so generous in donating,” Workman said. “As an organization that values service and giving back, being able to give back in such a broad and impactful way has had a positive impact on everyone in our chapter.”