By Shannon Keane, Copy Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On most Friday nights, college kids are out, partying, maybe spending time with their significant others, and, if you go to UIC, complaining about the fact that you still have yet ANOTHER week until spring break…
(But seriously, why is it so late?)
Yes, most college kids are, but some aren’t. Some, last Friday, spent two hours of their lives at the JST Events Center on South Campus, going bald. Why? For St. Baldrick’s of course.
Since 2000, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has been holding events all around the country, where citizens volunteer to shave their heads in solidarity with so many kids affected by the sad and tragic epidemic that has become childhood cancer. Here’s how it works: once someone volunteers to shave their head, they set up a website and accept donations and sponsors. Then, on the day of the event, all the volunteers get together to – yes, you guessed it – go completely bald.
As someone who has lost a few relatives to the terrible disease that is cancer, something like St. Baldrick’s is a breath of fresh air for me. These kids don’t have a choice other than losing their hair, and for someone to step forward and take just a little bit of that pain away, well, that’s amazing.
As someone who is also equally as attached to her hair as any typical girl, it strikes me as truly amazing when a girl steps up to that seat to get her own head shaved. But it’s definitely worth it. One of my friends from high school, a student at Loyola, raised over five hundred dollars when she shaved her head of waist-length hair last spring.
“I’ve participated in St. Baldrick’s for a few years now,” junior Danny Lullo, one of the “shavees” at UIC’s event from this year, said. “It’s not a big deal for me to go bald, and because of the cause, it’s completely worth it.”
This year, UIC’s St. Baldrick’s event alone raised hundreds of dollars for cancer research. In 2012, the foundation raised more than $30 million for cancer research. All the money goes towards research and funding for childhood cancers.
So, if you see anyone walking around UIC with a shaved head this spring, pat him or her on the back. Thank them for their hair.
If you’re interested in holding a St. Baldrick’s event, check out http://www.stbaldricks.org/.