School of Medicine's Class of 2016 at last year's head shaving event
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 succeeded in raising over $9,000 while students and faculty members’ went bald for awareness.
Students are gearing up for this year’s event Friday, March 14 from 2 to 6 pm in the BRI Atrium. Teams from each of the medical school’s four classes, faculty members, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, University Health IT 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 and attend the event, and of course we welcome any donation amount.”
Over $10,000 has already been raised, but students are hoping to surpass their $30,000 goal.
A meeting for anyone interested in getting involved will be held Thursday, February 6 at noon in the medical school. LSUS student and cancer survivor Sara Beth Rivers will share her story. For more details or questions, contact Taylor Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318.218.9335.
The head shaving event page is http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/9293/2014.