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St. Baldrick's Event at WIU March 29

March 5, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University's Tanner Hall will sponsor the annual St. Baldrick's fundraising event for childhood cancer from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in Tanner Circle, on University Drive.

Participants can either shave their heads, volunteer time or donate to give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except the U.S. government.

"St.Baldrick's is one of the most inspiring events on campus," said Gabrielle Esselman, a WIU student and former St. Baldrick's "shavee." "It takes bravery to shave your head and look different than everyone else, but afterward you get the privilege of telling everyone why you did it. You are standing up for children with cancer. I was a shavee two years ago and it was one of the most courageous things I have done while at WIU. Everyone should consider donating to this event, whether that be time, money or hair."

Tanner Hall has already raised $1,925 towards its $20,000 goal for this year's event.

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