St. Baldrick’s Foundation Shaves Heads to Fight Cancer

February 16, 2012
CONTACT: Malorie Cashel
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The St. Baldrick’s Foundation will host one of its signature head-shaving events to raise funds and awareness for life-saving childhood cancer research next month at Missouri Southern State University.

St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven children’s cancer charity that raises funds by hosting worldwide events. For these events, volunteers collect monetary pledges in return for shaving their heads as a show of support for children with cancer.  With childhood cancer research severely underfunded each year, St. Baldrick's stands as the top, non-governmental donor to children’s cancer research.
Missouri Southern State University will host its own annual St. Baldrick’s Day event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in Young Gymnasium.To help MSSU raise money for this event, please visit to register.  Everyone is invited to take part.

Nationally, these events have raised approximately $118 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 4,200 head-shaving events, shaving more than 190,000 heads in 28 countries and 50 U.S. states.

While volunteers are welcome to collect pledges and shave their heads, this is not necessary. Alternatively, they can donate, recruit a shavee, or involve their business, organization, or foundation!
To volunteer, find more information about St. Baldrick’s, or to check out all the ways you can get involved, visit or call (toll free in the U.S. only) 888.899.BALD.

Those interested may also call Malorie Cashel, Director of Student Activities at MSSU, at 417.625.9669.