For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY— Students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York will make a demonstrative effort in the fight against cancer, Friday. Cancer Doesn’t Fly with Eagles, a student club, will host a head-shaving event that raises money to support childhood cancer research. From 5:00 until 9:30, more than 50 Brockport students will shave their heads in the Gallery at the Seymour Union to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s foundation.
St. Baldrick's is a foundation that is primarily concerned with childhood cancer research, which the Brockport Cancer Doesn’t Fly with Eagles club found attractive.
“Childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded because it is simply not profitable to pharmaceutical companies, and the existing treatments are outdated and extremely toxic to a growing body,” said Brianna Kline, the club’s president.
The event is particularly special to Kline, who is a survivor of childhood cancer. She has seen first hand how unfair cancer can be, especially when it affects helpless children. At the age of six, Kline was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukemia, making her a long-term cancer survivor.
“Organizations such as St. Baldrick's that specifically fund research for children are literally life saving for the 13,500 kids that are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year in the United States,” Kline said.
For the second consecutive year, the club will be sponsoring this event in hopes of raising funds for the research of childhood cancer. This year, the club set a goal to raise $10,000 for childhood cancer research.
Participants that did not register online are encouraged to sign up at the door of the event. Those participating in the St. Baldrick’s Day event are encouraged to raise awareness and collect donations towards childhood cancer research. Participants are not required to shave their heads, but are also encouraged to be volunteers and barbers for the event.
St. Baldrick’s Day was founded in 1999 and has raised over $100 million for childhood cancer research.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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