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Phi Mu Alpha gives hair for cancer

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By Sara Owen, managing editor

Seventeen people of various ages came to the quad outside Moore Hall on April 1 at 4:30 p.m. to have their heads shaved to promote awareness and raise money for childhood cancer research. Most of the volunteers were UNCP students involved in Greek Life.

Since January, the Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha has raised $1,438.74 for the St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Max Mensing, a member of Phi Mu Alpha, said they started fundraising a few months ago and had raised around $1,300 before the event began.

Most of the participants wore matching blue or grey St. Baldrick’s T-shirts that said “Dream Big” in big letters.

“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives,” according to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website.

Many of the volunteers including Chris Venditti and Matthew Bradford said they had lost relatives to cancer, and it inspired them to help raise awareness about it. Venditti said cancer runs in his family.

Francisco Rivera said he knew “how devastating it can be” and that if he can shave his head for awareness he is “all for it.”

“It’s an interesting way to get people to donate to a worthy cause,” Olu Ugah, a volunteer, said. Ugah had his head shaved as well.

Logan John signed up to shave both his head and his beard. He said he likes that it is bringing awareness and helping fight cancer.

Before the event began, members of Phi Mu Alpha sang a few songs and Aaron Brown announced over a microphone, “every three minutes a child in the world is diagnosed with cancer.” Phi Mu Alpha had been passing out pins that said “every 3 minutes” referencing the statistic provided by The St. Baldrick’s Foundation.