Class of 2016 medical students at LSU Health Shreveport are helping raise money for childhood cancer research through Geaux Bald.
A pair of clippers as a tool to fight childhood cancer? That’s the avenue a group of LSU Health Shreveport medical students are taking to make a difference. The students have founded Geaux Bald, an organization dedicated to fundraising and promoting health in Shreveport.
Funds support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity known for its head-shaving events. Last year at the inaugural event in Shreveport, Geaux Bald raised more than $9,000 as students and faculty members went bald for awareness.
This year’s event is at 2 p.m. March 14 in the BRI Atrium. Teams from each of the medical school’s four classes, faculty members, School of Allied Health Professions, Graduate School, University Health and Centenary College have formed. So far, 30 people have committed to shaving their heads.
“We have a lot of support from the LSU Health campus but would really love to include more people from the Shreveport-Bossier community,” said Sarah Bundrick, a second year medical student and Geaux Bald officer. “People don’t have to shave their heads to join a team or attend the event, and of course we welcome any donation amount.”
More than $12,000 has been raised already, but students are hoping to surpass their $30,000 goal.
For more details or questions, contact Taylor Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 218-9335, or visit the event page at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/9293/2014.
Across the country, St. Baldrick’s events have raised approximately $149 million, providing research grants to doctors and scientists at more than 200 institutions to pursue the most promising new cures for childhood cancer, in addition to making clinical trials available to more children than ever. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has hosted more than 5,500 head-shaving events, shaving more than 244,000 heads in 30 countries and 50 U.S. states.