Haircuts raise $30,000 for childhood-cancer research

Haircuts raise $30,000 for childhood-cancer research

CHAMPAIGN — More than 80 volunteers raised cash by lowering their ears during a St. Baldrick's Foundation event Sunday at Ikenberry Commons on the University of Illinois campus.

Participants shaved their heads to raise an estimated $30,000 for childhood-cancer research, said event organizer John Wiencek, a UI senior.

It was his third year planning the event, and he said he continues to plan it because it is a bit different from some of the other events that help raise funds for cancer research.

St. Baldrick's events are not usually hair-donation efforts, but Wiencek said they were able to collect 110 inches this year from participants with long-enough hair. Wiencek himself had a green mohawk leading up to Sunday. When people asked about it, it became an immediate opportunity to help him promote the event, he said.

The mohawk ended up on the floor of the Student Dining and Residential Programs building.

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Pweb wrote on April 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

It is not too late to make donations to this organization. Kenwood Elementary School has several teachers getting their heads shaved at the end of May to benefit St. Baldricks. Visit the St. Balrick's website and search for Kenwood to make a donation.