Members of the Valparaiso men’s and women's soccer team, as well as Valparaiso University president Dr. Mark Heckler and his wife Veronica, will be getting their heads shaved for the fourth consecutive year at the Athletics-Recreation Center this Saturday between 1:00-3:00 pm in Hilltop Gymnasium. Crusaders raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
The Crusaders first raised money for St. Baldrick’s in an event in 2011, where they were able to raise better than $5,000 for the foundation. Last year, the team set a goal of raising $15,000 and flew past that mark, eventually raising over $21,000. This year, over $30,000 has already been raised, more than 60% of their goal of $50,000.
Fans are invited to come out on Saturday to support the teams, donate to the cause or even join the team and get their head shaved. Fans can also donate by visiting http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/valpo online or by calling Tom Serratore at 708-285-1427 to donate by check.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.