LC students raise record amount for cancer research
More than 70 LC students lost their locks March 1 to raise more than $14,000 for St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money to fight cancer in children.
This is the fourth year LC has participated. Erin Eagen '13, a nursing major from Princeton, N.J., served as chair for the second year. Last year LC raised $9,965 for St. Baldrick’s. "Two years ago I shaved my head and it has been one of the most meaningful events of my life," she said.
The event was especially meaningful because it honored Nathan Norman, a 6-year-old battling brain cancer who signed as a "lifetime Hornet" with the LC baseball team last fall. Nathan (second from right, above), his father, Bobby Norman, and his brother Matthew, all had their heads shaved. Nathan's mother, Dawn Norman, spoke passionately about the need to find more cancer-fighting drugs to help children and more research to prevent pediatric cancer. Nathan is preparing for one more round of chemotherapy, but will not be allowed further treatments. "We don't have many options so for us research is very important," she said.
Barbers for the event included Jane Cash (LC Business Office) and Holly Herdman ’14, a management major from Beacon Falls, Conn., as well as three last-minute volunteers from Great Clips, a local salon.
Two dozen members of the LC baseball team also had their heads shaved. "I just think it's awesome to be here and support Nathan as he's fighting cancer," said Brandon Miller '15, a sport management major from Vesuvius, Va. (pictured at left). Reid Goss '15, a health and physical education major from Durham, N.C., agreed, saying, "It means a lot that we can come together as a team for Nathan and help him beat this disease."
Baseball Coach Percy Abell '87, '00 MEd, said he is proud of his team and looking forward to a match against Tufts University on March 22 at 5 p.m. in City Stadium to honor Nathan. He encourages everyone to attend the free event.
View more great pictures of St. Baldrick’s Day 2013 on LC’s Flickr Photostream.