On Saturday, April 8, the Marquette Evans Scholars chapter celebrated our ninth annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser. St. Baldrick's is the largest funder of research grants aimed at ending pediatric cancers. This is an event that is near and dear to our hearts, as the Scholar who spearheaded this tradition, Devlin Gray, beat pediatric cancer himself. Events are held across the nation in order to raise awareness and funds for these crucial research grants. "Shavees" go bald to stand in solidarity with those children affected with cancer. As a chapter, we work hard to make these events successful so as to give back as much as possible to such a worthy cause!
We were lucky to host over 200 people from the Milwaukee and Marquette community, including University President Dr. Michael Lovell and our Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Xavier Cole. The crowd cheered on as Dr. Cole, along with over 40 other men, women and children shaved their heads in solidarity or donated eight or more inches of hair to make wigs for cancer patients. Students from all facets of Marquette, including Student Government, clubs, sports teams and more came out to take part in this year's event!
After surpassing our $15,000 goal for this year and raising $17,700, we are now at a grand total of over $120,000 donated to the St. Baldrick's foundation since the event began nine years ago. We are excited to keep such a fun and meaningful tradition alive within our chapter and to host another event next spring!