Fairfield students reinstituted the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event after a four-year hiatus on Saturday, April 24 in the Barone Campus Center Oak Room.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which aims to fundraise for research for cures of childhood cancers, is unique from other cancer advocacy organizations in that shavees collect money from friends and family to sponsor their head shaving.
Twelve students were shavees, and a total of $1,520 was raised, surpassing co-organizers William Carley ‘16 and Brianna Nunes’s ‘16 goal of $1,000.
The event was organized through Residence Life, as Nunes is a Resident Assistant in Claver Hall and organized this event as one of her hall’s monthly programs. St. Baldrick’s events typically honor local children in the hopes of motivating others to support their fight. Fairfield’s event honored Brent McCreesh of Southport and Nicholas Dewey of Glastonbury.
Students who attended this event had the opportunity to purchase St. Baldrick’s merchandise, enter a raffle, sign a St. Baldrick’s banner and enjoy food and music. Those in attendance also heard from Associate Professor of Nursing Eileen O’Shea who is also a pediatric nurse. “What you’re doing for today is for the future … I’m here to tell you it matters.”