Med Students Put Their Heads Together for Kids with Cancer

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ students participated in a St. Baldrick's Day event
North Shore-LIJ students participated in a St. Baldrick's Day event

Hempstead, NY--Students and staff from the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine sacrificed their hairdos for dollars in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation and pediatric cancer research at the seventh annual St. Baldrick’s Day, a campus-wide event at Hofstra University held on Mar. 11. Together, the School of Medicine team raised $25,937 for St. Baldrick's--the highest contribution to Hofstra University’s total donation of over $37,000 to fund cancer research.

The act of head shaving on this day is meant to show solidarity with kids fighting cancer, many of whom lose their hair as a result of chemotherapy.

"In our first two years as medical students, we learn about the horrible disease that is cancer," said Samuel Alperin (photo, right), a second-year student at the School of Medicine. "St. Baldrick's is a wonderful way for us to get directly involved in raising funds for research and improving the future of children with cancer."

Led by team captain and third-year medical student, Michael Murn, School of Medicine shavees consisted of more than 40 men and women, including director of academic affairs and registrar, Annalise Ellis, MHA and assistant professor of science education, Joel N.H. Stern, PhD, who set the fundraising bar at $20,000 with the promise of shaving his head in support of shear generosity.

"We built on our fundraising success from last year and far exceeded our goal this year," said Dr. Stern. "I'm so proud of our contributions and honored to participate in this wonderful cause with our students."

In addition to support for St. Baldrick's, Ellis and seven female participants from the School of Medicine seized the spirit of the day to cut and donate their long locks to Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization that offers human hair replacements to children at no cost.

"It feels really good to give back," said Ellis, "and help bring happiness and renewed confidence to children coping with hair loss due to cancer, trauma and other issues."

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