On Thursday, January 26, the Regis community "braved the shave" and raised money towards childhood cancer research. As part of the school's 13th Annual St. Baldrick's Day, Regians volunteered to have their heads shaved as a way of standing with those impacted by this disease.
The mission of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is to fund childhood cancer research and offer supportive care to children and families throughout the treatment and recovery process. As reported by the organization, cancer kills more kids in the United States than any other disease, and one in five who are diagnosed will not survive. Globally, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes.
A significant portion of the St. Baldrick's Foundation's funds, head-shaving events across the country bring communities together to stand with those suffering with cancer, "braving the shave" and helping to raise money for life-saving cures. This year, Catalyst, Regis' Christian Service Club, hosted students in the Auditorium to have their heads shaved to cheers of support from the crowd. An initial fundraising goal of $10,000 has already been met, and those interested in supporting can still do so online to help surpass their new goal.
“Shaving your head is not just a symbolic display of solidarity. It is also a tangible, active way to bring about change in your community," said TJ Harty '23 and Roman Kimuyu '25, student organizers of the day's event. “Our head-shaving event at Regis brings the whole school together, under one cause, saving lives and ending childhood cancer. So, being a part of that kind of event is not only a conduit to monetarily supporting a noble endeavor such as funding childhood cancer research, but also strengthens our sense of community in fighting a battle bigger than ourselves."