ALBANY, N.Y. – The College of Saint Rose students, faculty and staff came together Wednesday to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.
Saint Baldrick's Day, a nationally recognized organization, calls for "shavees" to sign up and raise money until it's time to actually cut their hair. Albany barber shop Sammy Styles provided the haircuts at this year's event.
"It's a symbolic meaning for the people that have cancer that actually lose their hair during chemotherapy, so with that being said, if you shave your head, it's not just shaving your head in recognition or just raising money, it's raising awareness that other people see, and they start to follow and support," owner Sammy Styles said.
Father Chris DeGiovine was just one person to take the chair Wednesday.
"In my line of work, I had to bury too many children who died of cancer, and particularly for Barbara, for Nick, and for Laura – I do this, so thank you," he said.
Student Association President Justin Whittaker took charge of the fundraising program and is proud of the $15,000 raised so far. That number does not include the t-shirt nor bake sales present at the event.
"The goal was $10,000," Whittaker said. "So this year we actually exceeded our original goal, and we broke the St. Rose record of St. Baldrick's Days. Everybody knows childhood cancer is an ugly thing to see."
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