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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bona Students 'Goin' Bald for Bucks'

The officers of St. Bonaventure University’s sophomore class are Goin’ Bald for a good cause and encouraging on and off campus communities alike to join them.

The class of 2017 will participate in the Goin’ Bald for Bucks campaign in partnership with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Teens Living with Cancer organization from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus. All proceeds from the event will accelerate the start of new research needed to save lives and also will support programs run by the Teens Living with Cancer organization in Rochester.

“We all know someone directly or indirectly who has lost their battle with cancer, so what a better way for our campus to come together in unity so support such a valuable cause,” said sophomore class president James “JW” Cook, a political science major from Brockport.

He stressed that participants are not required to shave their head and there are several ways to get involved:

(1) Join the SBU Team and ask for donations on your behalf:
(2) Make a general team donation
(3) Attend the event on October 18 and receive a $10 haircut from a professional barber or hairdresser or shave your head for free. Reserve your spot in a chair here:
(4) Name your price and offer to go bald in honor of those battling cancer! Several students, faculty and staff have accepted this challenge, and organizers hope to spread the message even more!
(5) Join the event on Facebook for the latest information regarding the event and invite friends/colleagues to support the cause:

Cook and his fellow class officers, David Bryant, vice president, a journalism and mass communication major from Utica; Jessica Laursen, secretary, a journalism and mass communication major from Caledonia; and Lawrence Hayes, treasurer, a business major from Perry, hope to empower 100 people to join the SBU team.

The Goin’ Bald for Bucks fundraiser began in Western New York when a cancer patient’s brother vowed to keep his head shaved until his sister’s hair grew back. More than 10 years after its conception, more than $2.4 million has been raised through Goin’ Bald for Bucks, with 72 and counting schools and organizations across New York state participating.

For more information, visit any of the event webpages or contact Cook at

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