Local medical students are fighting pediatric cancer, not with high tech medical equipment, but with old-fashioned hair clippers.
Medical students and professors are shaving their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
“Feels good I can’t wait to see what it looks like..oh my gosh.”
Medical students at LSU Health Shreveport are raising money to fight childhood cancer.
By Geauxing Bald.
Taylor Smith a first year med students says, “1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer don’t survive, so it’s a really big problem and not enough money goes into it.”
More than 35 students and four professors, brave the shave, in support of those who lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
Another first med student, James Robinson says, “in the first few years of medical school, we don’t get that clinical exposure we don’t really get to help too many people because we are just learning about everything, so I guess this a very small way that you know we can actually make an impact.”
Two students, braved the shave in honor of family.
One, for his 19 year-old sister, Helen.
“My sister actually had Leukemia when she was younger she was diagnosed a year and a half old, under went a six month treatment,”said Robinson.”
The other, for two of his cousins.
“One diagnosed when we were a little bit younger and one that is currently fighting right now,” said Smith.
Both students raised more than $600 for childhood cancer research and say it feels good to make a difference.
“Making an impact like this, it’s something that i never really been a part of, and it’s something that I wanted to do once, I started school, so it’s a pretty satisfying feeling.”
The medical school raised more than $46,000 today, that will go toward the St. Baldricks Foundation.