Rock Island, IL (WQAD ) — Several brothers at Augustana College and their friends are going bald for a good cause.
A group of fraternity brothers and their friends have been raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the past two months.
The fundraiser came to a head on Saturday, April 13, with a big shave-off and some pie throwing.
The crew was able to raise $8,500 and was hoping to get to $10,000 by the end of the day. Students said they weren’t just going bald to raise money, but to raise morale.
“Obviously people who go through cancer treatment will often lose their hair,” said fundraiser coordinator Anthony Santangelo, adding that the fraternity wants to show support for cancer patients and normalize baldness. “Especially children when they shave their head that’s a lot of unwanted attention. But if they see people do it willingly or confidently, it makes that a little bit easier for them.”
The money raised goes to benefit childhood cancer research.