St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser participants.

The University of Hawaii the community creates a buzz before the 11th Annual Head Shave Fundraiser hosted by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on April 24, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. uh students, faculty, staff, and the general public are invited to support the organization that has helped provide opportunities for physicians, summer researchers, and earth scientists.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded more than $470,000 to researchers and scholarship students focused on pediatric cancer research in uh Cancer center, uh Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABOM), Kapiʻolani Women’s and Children’s Medical Center and Tripler Army Medical Center.

The main event is the signature head shave for attendees who have raised money to fund vital research.

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uh Geophysical Society at their charity softball event.

“Everyone is invited to support this effort by attending the event, pledging monetary donations that support the event as a whole, or clicking on your favorite attendee to support their head shave,” said Wendy Roostersenior event planner who works at uh Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.

There are other ways volunteers can support this mission. the uh Geophysical Society (UHGS), a group led by SOEST Department of Earth Sciences graduate students, will raise funds through their annual charity softball tournament. During the last fundraising, UHGS donated $1,238 to the foundation.

The commitment runs deep

Many participants return, year after year, to contribute to the noble cause.

Bruce Shiramizua JABOM pediatrician and researcher, has mentored numerous summer fellows, conducted important research, and has been honored for his long-term commitment to children and their families, and for raising funds for vital research.

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“Dr. Bruce shaved his head for 10 years and at our last event he was knighted as ‘Knight Commander’ in the Honorable League of Legendary Heroes, our Knights of the Bald Table,” said said Cockshell.

After receiving the honor at the virtual event, Shiramizu presented her research funded by a St. Baldrick grant. His presentation is visible online (from 46 minutes).

Cockshell and her family have a deep personal commitment to the mission of St. Baldrick’s Foundation. At five years old, their daughter Haley was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, brain and spinal cord cancer, and began a long and very hard battle for his life. They continue to fund research in his honor, knowing that so many more children and their families need help.

“Innovative treatments have allowed us to spend precious time with our daughter,” Cockshell said. “The St. Baldrick’s Foundation supports research that saves the little lives of its friends and improves their lives.”

For more information, see SOESTthe website of.