March 31, 2014
WASHINGTON - On Friday afternoon, nearly the entire Georgetown University men's soccer team and staff went to get a haircut on campus at Leavey Center. This wasn't any normal trim as the players and coaches shaved their heads as part of a St. Baldrick's event, a fundraiser to end childhood cancers.
At least 16 players and two coaches shaved their locks and received pledges to donate to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. Additionally, a portion of this specific fundraiser went to benefit pediatric cancer research at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
"It's always heartwarming to do something for a great cause," said sophomore defender Josh Turnley (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area). "Sacrificing our hair is the least we could do to show our support for the kids."
At the event, more than 60 volunteers shaved their heads to demonstrate solidarity with children fighting cancer who lose their hair during treatment.
"Hair grows back," said junior midfielder Austin Martz (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg). "If the kids don't need it, we don't need it. The joy these children show even amidst their circumstances is something we all strive for."
Event highlights included a musical performance by Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Student Research at Georgetown's School of Medicine Joseph Timpone, MD, a bake sale, a bone marrow drive and a silent auction. Even Jack the Bulldog made an appearance.
"It's an eye-opening event that reminds us how fragile life can be," said junior midfielder Tyler Rudy (Olney, Md./Sherwood). "It was great to see the number of people in attendance donating to the cause."
The organizers, medical student Ashley Sharp, along with fellow students Shaila Patel and Abby Keogh, set a fundraising goal of $20,000. By the day of the event, they had surpassed that goal by $8,000.
Hats will be in high demand from the equipment room this week, as the Hoyas hit the field to continue spring practice.
Sophomore defender Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) summed up the day for the group.
"This was an experience that brought our team closer together, and supported a great cause. We couldn't be more honored to be a part of it."
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