Huskers are teaming up — and going bald — in support of childhood cancer research.
For the fifth year in a row, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary is hosting a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. The free, open-to-the-public event is 4 to 8 p.m. April 11 in the Abel-Sandoz Welcome Center.
Dalton Carper, a senior who is in his third year assisting with the fundraiser, said the project is unlike anything he’s done before.
“The first year I did it I was so nervous to lose my hair,” Carper said. “But seeing my family smile in the crowd as well as knowing I helped people such as Megan, my specific sponsor for the event, is something I know I should be doing. Stories like that keep me coming back.”
Since the National Residence Hall Honorary began hosting the event in 2015, the organization has raised more than $51,900 to support childhood cancer research. This year, more than 50 students are raising funds toward a goal of $15,000, with 19 having made pledges to have their heads shaved.
“I think there are many ways to support charities and causes and what St. Baldrick’s does is something special and unique,” said Carper. “If you don’t want to be a shavee, at least spread the word and get involved in the many other ways possible.”
Donations toward the Nebraska fundraiser can be made online. Individuals can also volunteer to have their heads shaved in support during the event.