Students at DeSales University lost their locks and lumberjack beards for a great cause. And the effort paid off.
The Colleges Against Cancer club raised $2,223 at its annual Shave to Save event on Thursday, December 1. That’s nearly double the amount collected last year. The money benefits the American Cancer Society.
“It is really important to bring awareness to cancer, and the American Cancer Society does a great job of doing that,” said Brynnlee Pavlovich, who serves as secretary of the club. “Cancer is such a huge thing in that it affects so many people.”
About 20 students auctioned off their hair as fellow students cheered them on. "I decided why not try to do some good, have some fun doing it,” said Joseph Sheehan, a TV/Film major who shaved his head. “Cancer has been in my family. I thought let me try to do some good here."
This is the second year in a row that Joe Bologna participated in the event. He began growing his beard in September. “I heard about the cause and I figured I might as well do something for it,” said the TV/Film major. “It's a fun environment. It's a fun way to raise money and awareness."
Another student, Karl Bohn, raised $600 – with a little help from his friends. He agreed to shave his head, beard, eyebrows, and arms if friends and fellow students donated. They did, and Bohn kept his end of the bargain.
“I knew my friends would only donate maybe a dollar or two if I only shaved my head and beard,” Bohn said. “I had to do something a little extreme and a little stupid to get people to participate so I could raise a decent amount of money.”
The event hits close to home for Bohn, who lost his uncle to liver cancer a few years ago. He’s been donating and helping others since then. “When I think about it, not having eyebrows is not something to complain about,” he said. “When you see people that have to deal with this terrible disease it makes all my problems disappear.”
Colleges Against Cancer, which hosts different fundraisers throughout the year, also unveiled the theme for its annual Relay for Life event. The student body cast its vote for Dr. Seuss: Cancer Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere. Relay for Life will be held in April.
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