By Alex Crissey
More than 250 Loyola University Chicago students had their heads shaved Thursday evening as part of the St. Baldrick’s Day event, which raises money for childhood cancer research.
The event, which is in its eighth year, was held in Loyola’s Rambler Room. It was organized by Loyola fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
“Anyone can get their head shaved, and any Loyola organization can open a table to help raise money. It’s all for the Baldrick’s foundation, which helps children with cancer.” said Stephen Bova, the volunteer event organizer this year.
One of the students who had his head shaved was junior Faraaz Ahmed, 20, an exercise science major and resident assistant. Ahmed was inspired to participate in St. Baldrick’s from personal experience.
“My dad had a tumor. He was treated really well, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to get the treatment he had, particularly children,” Ahmad said.
“This is my second year doing this, and I really got into it. I started my own team, and together we raised $6,300. In fact one of them’s on stage now,” said Ahmed, pushing excitedly through the crowd as one of his team members sat in a chair to have his head shaved.
“We’re really happy with the way it went this year,” Bova said. “Attendance has been up every year since we started, we’re up 20 people who wanted to shave their heads. Our goal was to raise $25,000, and we shattered our goal. We broke it 30 minutes into the event. This year’s been great.”