More than 40 students, faculty, staff, and alumni went under the buzzer for Hofstra University’s 11th annual St. Baldrick’s Day, raising over $24,000 in support of childhood cancer research.
“I’m happy to participate and raise funds and awareness for a disease that affects everyone,” said first-time shavee Alan Kelly, Chief Development Officer and Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. Kelly successfully raised over $2,000, making him the second-highest fundraiser this year.
Over the past decade, the Hofstra community has raised more than $243,000 at its St. Baldrick’s Day events, which are run by the Roller Hockey Club. Contributing to that total is Gabi Muñoz ’16, ’18. “I’ve been fortunate enough not to know a child who has suffered from cancer,” said Muñoz. “But that can change at any given moment.” This year marks Muñoz’s fourth time going under the buzzer. “I feel amazing doing this. It’s always worth it,” she said.
Every year, the shavee with the most donors is awarded the Greg Maney Award, named in honor of the late professor of sociology who participated in the event for years until his passing from brain cancer in 2017. This year, health science major Jillian Salis ’22 was awarded the honor, having secured 19 donors.
“Many of my friends have fought or are currently fighting cancer,” said Salis. “This is really the least I can do to raise money and to stand in solidarity with people with cancer.”
This past November, the FDA approved Vitrakvi, an oncology drug for children that targets a key genetic driver of cancer, rather than a specific type of tumor. Fundraising efforts from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation helped support the research behind this new drug.