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MSU students support childhood cancer research with April 12 St, Baldrick's event

March 31, 2016

Connor Mulvaney and Thomas McGrath, members of MSU’s Leadership Institute, will be among the “shavees” who will shave their heads at a fundraiser April 12 to raise money for childhood cancer. The organizers of MSU’s St. Baldrick’s Day event set at 7 p.m. April 12 in the SUB Ballrooms say they have already raised more than $6,800 for the cause. Photo courtesy of MSU Leadership Institute.

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More than three dozen Montana State University students and community members will raise funds for childhood cancer during a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head shaving event set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the MSU SUB Ballrooms.

During the event all “shavees” will have their heads shaved in the SUB Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be music, food, and raffle items, including a bike donated by Walmart. All proceeds from the event go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Various student organizations and local groups have joined as teams so they may collectively fund raise.  Participants who sign up as a “shavee” reach out to friends and family for donations. Collectively the “shavees,” and mostly MSU students, have already raised more than $6,800 for childhood cancer research.

“This is the first year that this event has been offered on the MSU campus, and it is an extraordinary way to raise awareness for the very serious topic of childhood cancer,” said Connor Mulvaney, a freshman from Washington majoring in environmental studies and a student associate at the MSU Leadership Institute who is organizing the event.  “We currently have 37 “shavees” signed up and would like to add to that number to reach our new fundraising goal of $12,000.”

“Connor’s efforts to inform his volunteers and “shavees” about childhood cancer embodies the MSU Leadership Institute mission of ‘inspiring MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalyst for positive change,’” said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute.

Each year, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Since its first event in 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than $178 million and supported 923 grants for childhood cancer research in 26 countries.

Visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/msu to sign up or donate. If you have any questions, contact Mulvaney at cjmulvaney@gmail.com or the MSU Leadership Institute office at (406) 994-7275.

 

 

 

Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667, cmcspadden@montana.edu