WKU shaving heads for cancer research

Monta Reinfelde

A national service sorority at WKU, Omega Phi Alpha (OPA) is currently raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation charity event on March 24 following the WKU baseball game at 3 p.m. on Nick Denes Field.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds childhood cancer research. Last year, the charity raised more than $28 million worldwide. 

Elizabeth McKee, a junior from Morristown, Tenn., said OPA is involved in various service projects around campus and in Bowling Green to promote service and sisterhood. However, this St. Baldrick’s event could be their biggest philanthropy this semester.

“There are a lot of even non-OPAs trying to raise money,” McKee said.

The ultimate goal of the event is to raise $2,500. 

Twenty-four volunteers have applied to shave their heads.   

One of the volunteers is Learning Specialist Nichole Sherrell, who will shave her head if she achieves her personal goal of raising $500.

“I have got $200 so far,” Sherrell said. “This week I will be contacting all my friends and asking them to donate.”

Sherrell said she has motivated other people to get involved with the St. Baldrick’s charity event as well, challenging her tutors to raise $200.   

She said she’s not scared of shaving her head. Instead, she thinks it will be a lot of fun, and the money will be donated for great purpose.

“I have short hair anyway,” Sherrell said. “It’s not like my hair is down to my waist and it’s going to be a massive change.”

McKee said she is very proud of those who helped OPA to raise money and those volunteering to shave their heads and said they are making a difference in the world.

“Shaving your head is insane,” McKee said. “It is the craziest thing we have people do. I am honored that they have chosen to raise money for our cause.”

Money raised at the St. Baldrick’s charity event will be donated to fund research for childhood cancer. To donate, visit online at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/8076/2012/, or by cash or check.