Hoyas' baseball team to shave heads for cancer research

Hoyas' baseball team to shave heads for cancer research
April 2, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Whether the Georgetown baseball team wins or loses the scoreboard in Saturday's Big East clash with Xavier, the Hoyas are destined to hit a home run postgame. That's because the team's planned gesture is heart-warming and certainly not hair-raising.

Following their 1 p.m. game against Xavier at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, the Hoyas will shave their heads in partnership with the St. Baldrick's Foundation a childhood cancer charity that funds research to help kids diagnosed with cancer. Three area kids with various forms of cancer will throw out the first pitch serve as honorary barbers postgame.

The team began fundraising for St. Baldrick's in early February. As of Wednesday afternoon, the amount raised topped 38,000.

The idea to partner with St. Baldrick's came from first baseman Steve Anderson, who these days is likely the hairiest of Georgetown's tri-captains.

Anderson lost his mother to multiple myeloma cancer when he was eight years old. Starting with the initial fundraising efforts on Feb 8, he pledged to not shave or cut his hair until Saturday. A portion of the funds raised will go to the Dana-Farber Institute in Boston where his mother received chemotherapy treatments.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family and friends, shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Last year, St. Baldrick's raised over $34 million dollars. Since 2000, there have been over 190,500 shaved heads, leading to $118 million raised for life-saving childhood cancer research.

By Saturday afternoon, there will be a few more dollars and shaved heads added to those lists.

Donations toward the team's effort's can be made via the St. Baldrick's website or at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday.

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