March 08, 2019 | Downers Grove, IL
Midwestern University students, faculty members, and community residents will join forces on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer. Students from the osteopathic medicine program on the Downers Grove Campus organized the annual St. Baldrick's Shave for a Change event at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in downtown Downers Grove, IL. Participants in the event raise funds by agreeing to shave their heads in solidarity with children who are suffering from the effects of cancer treatments.
"More children are lost to cancer than any other disease in the United States. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. As a part of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association at Midwestern University, we have been spurred to action by these realities. Students, faculty, and staff at Midwestern engage and partner with the surrounding community and the St. Baldrick's Foundation every year to do our part in giving kids and their families hope and a chance for a healthier future," said Clara Hofman, a second-year medical student who coordinated this year's event.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. For the last two years, Midwestern University has won the St. Baldrick's Battle of the Bald competition which recognizes the school that raises the most money for childhood cancer research. "While everyone who participates in St. Baldrick's is ultimately on the same team in raising money for childhood cancer research, this distinction does highlight the impressive amount of work put into the event by our students and the participation of the Midwestern University community," said Thomas Bodenstine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, a faculty participant for the event.
More information about the event and how to support the Midwestern University team can be found at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/Midwestern2019.