For medical students at LSU Health Shreveport the day started with excitement, passed with a few nerves and eventually turned into an overwhelming success at the 'Geaux Bald' Shaving Day.
The event, now in its second year, is organized by medical students to promote awareness and raise money for pediatric cancer research through head shaving. Cancer is the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Last year 15 people participated and this year 60 signed up to shed their locks.
There are no local organizations dedicated to solely raising money for pediatric cancer. "It's very exciting that we now have an event that raises money for pediatric cancer research, especially since we have the St. Jude affiliate right next door," says second year med student and one of the event coordinators, Sarah Bundrick. Money raised will be given to the St. Baldrick's Foundation which will use it to fund grants for childhood cancer research.
LSU Health Shreveport medical students were also joined by teams from Centenary College and local high schools. The goal was to raise $30,000 and by the afternoon $36,000 had been raised with more on the way.
Of the 60 who volunteered to 'Geaux Bald,' 3 were women.
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