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Second-year medical student Nicholas Hopkins has his head shaved at the MU medical students St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. The students' raised more than $22,000 for the foundation at the event held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Mojo's in Columbia.

MU Medical Students Shave Their Heads for Childhood Cancer Research

Supporters gathered at Mojo's to raise funds for St. Baldrick's Foundation

University of Missouri medical students led their community in raising more than $22,000 for childhood cancer research by shaving their heads Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Mojo's. The event, which shows solidarity with pediatric cancer patients who lost their hair as a result of treatment, supports the St. Baldrick's Foundation – an organization which funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except for the U.S. government.

More than 100 students, MU faculty and staff, and community supporters gathered to watch the more than 40 men and women have their heads shaved to support the cause. Along with the head shaving, the event featured games and activities for children, and live music from the MU medical student band, The Stethotones.

"When children diagnosed with cancer come to events like this and see the support from our students and their community it inspires them to get that much further along on their journey to recovery," said Thomas Loew, MD, director of hematology and oncology at MU's Department of Child Health and Children's Hospital.

Each year, St. Baldrick's raises funds by hosting events throughout the world where volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during treatment for cancer. St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $127 million for the St. Baldrick's Foundation since 2005. The funding provides grants to physicians and scientists at more than 200 institutions who are pursuing the most promising cures for childhood cancer and making clinical trials more available to children.

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