March 09, 2020 | Downers Grove, IL
Midwestern University students, faculty members, and community residents will join forces on Thursday, March 12, 2020, to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer. Students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) program on the Downers Grove Campus organized the annual St. Baldrick’s Shave for a Change event at the 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.
“Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer, worldwide. In the United States, more children are lost to cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and diabetes combined. These statistics struck the hearts of students, faculty, and staff at Midwestern University as well as members of the surrounding community, so we are teaming up to combat childhood cancer. We are proud to be raising money and, in turn, giving hope to both current and future infants, children, teens and young adults fighting for their lives,” said Cassandra Smith, a second-year medical student and CCOM Chapter President of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, 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. It is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants in the world. 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. For more information visit, https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/CCOM2022.