Quinnipiac students brave the shave for childhood cancer awareness

By Emma Spagnuolo

It’s the season of giving at Quinnipiac University. This semester, Quinnipiac students have organized many philanthropic events to give back to the local community, including QTHON, The Big Event and this past Monday’s St. Baldrick’s event.

This annual event, hosted by the Student Programming Board (SPB) and the Irish Club, is an event to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. This year, seven Quinnipiac students “braved the shave” and shaved their heads to stand in solidarity with children diagnosed with cancer.

Emma Shipton, one of the event coordinators, was one of the shavees. She explained what makes the St. Baldrick’s event so special compared to other cancer awareness events.

“It’s showing your support by more than just providing a donation,” said Shipton, “It’s changing something about yourself that you’re so used to having that these kids are losing that you have the opportunity to reach out to them besides just giving them money.”

Event coordinators, Luke Ahearn and Emma Shipton, “braved the shave” on Monday night.

Event coordinators, Luke Ahearn and Emma Shipton, “braved the shave” on Monday night.

This year, the goal was to raise $10 thousand as Quinnipiac celebrated its tenth annual year of working with St. Baldrick’s. Despite falling short of their goal, event coordinator, Luke Ahearn, was still happy with how it all played out.

“I think everybody really gets behind this event,” said Ahearn, “Everybody really loves coming to it. It’s a good event even for people who aren’t shaving, just to donate or even show up and watch their friends get their heads shaved for a good cause.”

Around 100 Quinnipiac students attended the event, including many supportive friends, like Ahearn suggested. It’s no surprise that on this ten year anniversary, Quinnipiac students once again continued to show they care about the local community.

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