Redbirds Shave Heads After Raising $6,895 For Cancer Research
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May 6, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Every member of the Illinois State baseball team, including coaches, shaved their heads during BaseBald Day following Sunday's, 8-1, win against Southern Illinois at Duffy Bass Field. The Redbirds vowed to buzz their heads if they raised at least $5,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, and they followed through with their promise Sunday after raising a total of $6,895.
Nearly everyone's lives have been affected by cancer, including several members of the team. Assistant coach Bo Durkac proudly parted with his thick, dark hair in support of his mother who passed away because of Cancer three years ago.
"Anything we can do to help raise awareness for, and ultimately beat, cancer is a cause that I support 100 percent," Durkac said. "I hope that what we did today was a step in the right direction. Thanks to everyone who donated and participated."
It took less than a month for Illinois State to meet its $5,000 goal. Donors to the cause were allowed to take the first few swipes of team members' hair, and BaseBald Day sponsors Hair Cuttery on Oakland Avenue in Bloomington, Ill., and Mitch/Jenni's Salon and Spa in Normal, Ill., completed the buzz-jobs. A crowd gathered on the main concourse at Duffy Bass Field to watch the postgame head shaving event.
The purpose of BaseBald Day was to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation - an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. BaseBald, a division of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, was started by members of the 2007 North Carolina baseball team who shaved their heads in an effort to raise money for 18-year-old teammate Chase Jones, who was diagnosed with cancer. Illinois State pitching coach Bill Mohl worked side-by-side with Jones for seven years at the Rick Jones Baseball Camp through Tulane in New Orleans, and Mohl spearheaded ISU's event.
For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation, visit the organization's website at stbaldricks.org.
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