It’s only hair, right? Perhaps in theory—especially if you’re shaving it all off for a great cause— but there will likely be sighs and maybe even a few tears when dozens of University of Cincinnati medical students go bald for St. Baldrick’s on Friday, March 12, from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
The event takes place in the atrium of the CARE/Crawley Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way, where faculty and administrators will be the barbers.
Named for a fusion of "St. Patrick’s Day” and "bald,” the St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates worldwide head-shaving events that raise money for childhood cancer research. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has raised more than $69 million by hosting more than 2,500 events and shaving more than 108,000 heads in 24 countries and all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Each year 160,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer.
The UC College of Medicine event is being coordinated by medical students in the pediatrics club and the oncology club, with a special tie to fellow first-year medical student Matthew Wilkening, whose son Eli, 3, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in April 2008. Eli is now in remission. You can read Eli's story here: http://www.stbaldricks.org/kids/mypage/kidid/2464
A second wave of the head shaving takes place Sunday , March 14, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Claddagh Irish Pub in Newport, Ky.