Students Go Bald for St. Baldrick's Foundation

Bethel College students and faculty will be shaving their heads to raise money for 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 event is Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Goodman Gymnasium located inside the Wiekamp Athletic Center.

Sponsored by Bethel’s Student Council, Cristine Bakke (’14) is coordinating this event with several other student volunteers. In 2007, Bakke was at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a heart surgery. She developed a passion for cancer research after seeing a lot of bald children in the hospital’s large cancer ward.

This past May, Bakke came up with the idea to shave her own head to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s. Then she decided to bring students and faculty along with her, starting the event coordination at the beginning of the fall semester. So far she has 37 participants — seven or eight of them are females. Together they have raised $1,800, already surpassing their goal of $1,000.

Three local barbers from Great Clips have volunteered their services for the day. In addition to shaving heads, students will also be writing cards for the children who are cancer patients at Memorial Hospital.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

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 and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $100 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.