On Tuesday, March 12, Brother Rice hosted St. Baldrick’s Day to help raise money for children’s cancer research by having students, faculty, alumni, and neighbors shave their heads in solidarity with children with cancer. Ever since 2007, Brother Rice has been a proud sponsor of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which since it became nonprofit in 2005, has raised over $100 million in cancer research grants. Being shaved bald for St. Baldrick’s has become an annual tradition, just like the Southside Irish Parade or St. Patrick’s Day itself, but this tradition looks to become an integral part of the Brother Rice community for years to come.
Brother Rice had 68 students and staff members participate as “shavees,” who had their beautiful locks shaved off. Ms. Pacetti coordinated the event, and the Moms’ Club and the Alumni Dads Club volunteered their time helping out. Joining the usual barbers this year was Great Clips in Oak Lawn, who also acted as a sponsor alongside the Chicago White Sox. This year alone, the Crusaders raised an astounding $12,000, adding to their grand total over the last seven years of $293,000.
Two students who worked very hard to achieve their fundraising goals were junior Matt Gagner and sophomore John DeFranco. Matt raised $125 for St. Baldrick’s, and when asked about his motivations, he said, “Well, my grandmother had passed away from cancer, and I just wanted to raise as much as I could to see this disease end.”
John DeFranco went above and beyond, raising $300: “I really enjoy doing St. Baldrick’s Day, and I just hope the money I raised will be worthwhile for fighting cancer.”
The Brother Rice family would like to extend a big thank you to all of the members of the Moms’ Club and Alumni Dads Club that volunteered their time to helping out such an important cause. Next year anticipates growing to an even bigger success than this year, as Brother Rice continues to help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in their fight against childhood cancer.