UW-La Crosse students give up their hair to raise funds to research childhood cancer

UW-La Crosse students are cutting and shaving their hair for a good cause.

On Saturday over 50 volunteers held the school’s annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to support children diagnosed with cancer.

UWL St. Baldrick’s Chair Claire Howard said the event continues to grow each year.

“I think this event really touches people’s lives and it’s awesome to see,” Howard said.

Senior volunteer Jenna Schiewer said it shows how much support exists in the community.

“People do care and they want to help,” Schiewer said. “It shows how much our community cares to fight this cause.”

For the past 10 years, students and community members have donated their hair and shaved their heads for those in the fight of their lives.

“People are never alone through this journey,” Howard said.

She said the event added the Wall of Love to show the faces of those with cancer.

“I think it’s a cool way to reach out and see how cancer has affected other people’s lives,” Howard said.
“It’s a big platform where people can share their stories.”

Schiewer said those stories speak volumes.

“There’s some children on there and I think that really blew my mind to think that these young children didn’t get to have the time that I have,” Schiewer said. “It makes this even more impactful because this whole purpose is to find a cause. We are trying to find a cure.”

She said that, sometimes, all it takes is a little time, money and hair loss to make a difference.

“My sacrifice is nothing compared to what these kids are going through right now,” Schiewer said. “There may be bad in the world but we are trying to give those children a little bit of light. It’s all worth it.”

She said the fundraiser gives everyone optimism about the future.

“It gives us hope and it gives those children hope,” Schiewer said.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has more than 1,000 shaving events around the world.