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SGA students hold St. Baldrick's to raise cancer funds

Volunteers agree to have their heads shaved in empathy for those undergoing cancer treatments and seek sponsors to raise funds. Stan McKinney, CU associate professor of journalism, has participated for the last nine years. He said he shaves his head to honor two cousins who died as children from cancer as well as his mother-in-law, his mother and best friend from high school who lost their battles with the disease.
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By Joshua Spencer, student writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Campbellsville University is hosting St. Baldrick's once again to raise money to fight childhood cancer. The event is Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9am-1pmCT/10am-2pmET on Stapp Lawn, Hoskins Street, Campbellsville, KY.


In a column in the last issue of Campbellsville University's Campus Times newspaper, senior Alex Meade expressed his feelings about the event possibly not happening this year. Members of CU's Student Government Association saw the column and decided to take action.

Rebekah Mobley, director of communications for SGA, said she knew as soon as she read the column that something needed to be done.

TJ Rayhill Jr., chief of staff for SGA, said, "We've all been touched by cancer in some form or fashion.

"Cancer is something very prevalent in the world today. This event is put on to help raise money for finding a cure for childhood cancer.

"We set a goal of $5,000 thinking this is our first major fundraising event that any of us has planned, then we saw the numbers for last year -- our minds were blown," Rayhill said.

Last year the event raised more than $40,000.

Volunteers agree to have their heads shaved in empathy for those undergoing cancer treatments and seek sponsors to raise funds.

Rayhill wants people to come out to the event and sponsor it in any way possible.

That can include shaving your head, but Rayhill said it doesn't have to.

There will also be a food truck, silent auction, vendors, edible cookie dough and possibly a live band. All proceeds will go to the cause.

"There will be plenty of stuff to do to help support childhood cancer," Rayhill said.

Ashley Sheetz, a freshman at CU, has participated in the past by having her head shaved.

"It's awesome," Sheetz said. "I enjoyed shaving my head." Sheetz donated 36 inches of hair in her senior year of high school.

CU's School of Barbering will be shaving people's heads, and if any more help is needed, the SGA will reach out to barbers and beauty shops who have helped in the past.

If anyone would like to donate to St. Baldrick's, go to St. Baldrick's.com, search for Campbellsville University and register online. On the site you will find teams and individuals who will be shaving their heads.

You can donate in an individual's name or team's name online.

Stan McKinney, associate professor of journalism, has participated for the last nine years.

He is a member of a team called Media Madmen.

The team is challenging others for a "traveling trophy" to be awarded to the team that raises the most money.

"I would like the trophy to be a chia head or something similar," McKinney said. "This should be a friendly competition that's part of a very serious event."

He shaves his head to honor two cousins who died as children from cancer as well as his mother-in-law, his mother and best friend from high school who lost their battles with the disease.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering over 90 programs of study including 20 master's degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Summersville and Liberty, all in Kentucky, and one in Costa Mesa, Calif., and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.


This story was posted on 2018-04-14 14:08:51
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Coach Perry Thomas gets head shaved for cancer fundraiser



2018-04-14 - Stapp Lawn, 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, KY - Photo from Campbellsville University Communications.
Campbellsville University Head Football Coach Perry Thomas shows his support for the annual cancer fundraiser by getting his head shaved. This photo was made at last years St. Baldricks event.

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