Med School Raises $12K+ for Pediatric Cancer Research
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine students and staff shaved their ‘dos for dollars in support of pediatric cancer research as part of the St. Baldrick’s Day annual charity fundraiser. Celebrating their fifth year of participation, the School of Medicine team raised over $12,000 (and still counting) for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during a “pre-shave” event on March 8, 2017. The medical school event is part of Hofstra University’s official campus-wide snip and shear, which is scheduled to take place on April 12.
Last year, Hofstra Northwell was among the biggest contributors to the university’s total contribution of over $31,000 in support of childhood cancer research. Team School of Medicine’s fundraising goal for this year is $25,000.
“I started to grow my hair from short to long about two years ago and was told by many friends to cut down the length, particularly when I decided to pursue medical school,” said John Eun, a first-year student originally from South Korea who has collected nearly $2,000–the student body’s leading total to date. “I was accepted into this innovative school for being who I am, and now I’m giving back to an important cause in medicine. It is a journey that has come full circle.”
Other top fundraisers are Levi Brown, a second-year student, and Susan Caulfield, director of Student Affairs at the School of Medicine. The team is comprised of 33 volunteers including 15 students from all levels of training who sacrificed their locks to the cause with a show of support from nearly 150 students and staff in attendance at the event.
The act of head shaving is meant to show solidarity with kids fighting cancer, many of whom lose their hair during treatment. Leading up to the date of the event, each shavee raises funds which are donated to support pediatric oncology research. The School of Medicine also participates in Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization that offers human hair replacement to children at no cost.
The School of Medicine will continue to collect contributions through April 12 and add these funds to Hofstra’s total donation pot for St. Baldrick’s.