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IL: Midwestern University, Downers Grove Community Raise Money for Cancer Research

March 20, 2015

by Office of Communications

Midwestern University osteopathic medicine students, Emma Sanborn and Katherine Alberty, show off their bald heads after participating in a St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for childhood cancer res

Midwestern University students, faculty members, and community residents recently joined forces in an effort to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer. Students from the Downers Grove Campus organized the fifth annual St. Baldrick's 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.

"Before the night started, we raised roughly $60,000. After shaving 120 heads (including nine females) and auctioning off beards, mustaches, and even eyebrows, we managed to raise over $73,000 for childhood cancer research," said Chad Morreale, a second-year medical student at the University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and co-chair of the event.

Participants from the community included members of the Downers Grove Fire Department and the Darien-Woodridge Fire Department. In addition, a camera crew from ABC7-Chicago filmed the event for the evening news. "Our St. Baldrick's event had a ripple effect throughout multiple communities," Mr. Morreale said. "We managed to raise over $13,000 the night of the event and inspire numerous audience supporters to spontaneously shave or cut their hair."

Due to the popularity and success of the student-run event, members from the national St. Baldrick's Foundation also travelled to Downers Grove to witness the fundraiser firsthand. 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.

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