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St. Baldricks, 2015

Participants Go Bald for Childhood Cancer Research

Community donates more than $33,000 to the cause

University of Missouri medical students led the community in raising more than $33,000 for childhood cancer research by shaving their heads Saturday, April 11, 2015. The event, which shows solidarity with pediatric cancer patients who lost their hair as a result of treatment, supports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research.

More than 400 students, MU faculty and staff, and community supporters gathered to watch 51 men and women have their heads shaved to support the cause. Along with head shaving, the event featured games and activities for children and live music from an MU medical student singing group, The Stethotones. The fundraiser culminates with the shave event, and also includes a silent auction and a pre-shave event. This year, two local establishments, Quinton’s Bar and Deli and The Shot Bar, both donated a percentage of their sales to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser.

Several children in the Columbia area and surrounding communities attended the fundraising event as part of the medical students’ “Honored Kids” program.

Zoe Enderle Wagner, 16, of Columbia, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in April 2014. Enderle completed her treatment at MU Children’s Hospital in August 2014. She returned to school at Hickman High School in January 2015 as a sophomore.

“I was told to expect six months to a maximum year-and-a-half treatment for AML,” Enderle Wagner said. “I was on a clinical trial, and thanks to childhood cancer research, my treatment ended up lasting only four months and the cancer was gone.”

The “Honored Kids,” as well as other local children fighting cancer, could potentially benefit from lifesaving research supported by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

“I feel like many people think it is taboo or hush-hush and shouldn’t be talked about,” Enderle Wagner said. “It shouldn’t be dismissed. Everyone needs to know childhood cancer research is under-funded and children do get cancer. St. Baldrick’s brings the problem to light.”

Enderle Wagner is looking ahead to plans after high school. She wants to be a psychiatrist who works with kids who have cancer, as well as those with chronic conditions and diseases.

Each year, St. Baldrick’s raises funds by hosting events throughout the world where volunteers shave their heads. In the last five years, the Mizzou Med group has raised more than $190,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation and nationwide events like the one at Logboat Brewery have raised more than $150 million since the organization’s inception in 2005.

Posted April 13, 2015

MU Health Magazine


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