Meet Your 2016 Battle of the Bald Champion

by Lauren Feller, St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 15, 2016

37 events, thousands of participants, and over $235,000 raised for childhood cancer research — it’s safe to say the ultimate college head-shaving showdown had a successful second season. But who came out on top in this year’s Battle of the Bald? The results are in — read more to find out!

2016 Battle of the Bald event at UCSC

All images courtesy of Laurie Aiello

With her son Grant in her lap, her father getting shaved in the seat next to her, and her daughter helping guide the razor, Katrina Learned’s head-shave became more than a fundraiser — it was a moving family moment.

Katrina was the top fundraiser at the event, raising just over $14,000 for childhood cancer research and helping propel the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute event to the top of the charts for the second annual Battle of the Bald.

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Why You Should Start a St. Baldrick’s Event on Your Campus

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 26, 2015

We’re shaving heads to find cures for kids’ cancer. Sound crazy? Maybe. But here are five great reasons you’ll want to join us.

College students smiling after shaving their heads together

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How to Throw a Successful St. Baldrick’s Event at Your College: 5 Tips from a VEO

by Tom Serratore
April 29, 2014

Tom, a volunteer event organizer (VEO) and eight-time shavee℠, first brought St. Baldrick’s to his university campus in 2011. He let us in on his tips for a successful college fundraising event.

Valparaiso University St. Baldrick's event 2011

The first St. Baldrick’s event at Valparaiso University in 2011.

In the fall of 2010, I was sitting in my freshman dorm room at Valparaiso University looking to sign up for a local St. Baldrick’s event. After being involved with St. Baldrick’s for all four years of high school, I wanted to continue being a part of this great foundation.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an event near me.

I decided to bring the idea to my soccer coach to start a St. Baldrick’s event at Valpo. He agreed, and for the past four years we have been putting on a head-shaving event.

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Events and Fundraisers

College Students: Do Something for Kids with Cancer

by Kelsey Canan
February 18, 2014


Student shavees at the 2013 St. John’s University head-shaving event. Photos by Jihad Nammou.

College isn’t just about gaining an education to guide you down your chosen career path. It’s about figuring out who you are as an individual. And in order to do that, you need discover what your passions are and what difference you’d like to make in the world.

Students all over the country have been deciding that their passion is to help cure childhood cancer. And many have taken it upon themselves to start a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser on their campus.

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$30 Million Raised for Childhood Cancer Research

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
May 24, 2013


Luke Dunn, Tom Serratore, and Todd Vervynckt help us celebrate $30 million raised to help children with cancer. Photos by Randall Spriggs, Valparaiso University.

Tom Serratore, a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper at Valparaiso University (VU) and St. Baldrick’s volunteer event organizer and shavee, proudly wears his #30 jersey to help celebrate raising $30 million for St. Baldrick’s to help cure childhood cancer!

After his friend, Joey Malak, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia their junior year of high school, Tom knew he had to get involved and wanted to find a way to honor and support Joey. He began volunteering with St. Baldrick’s and participating in its signature head-shaving events, including the event at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois.

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First University President to Shave

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 20, 2012

Have you heard the news?

The first university president to shave for St. Baldrick’s will go under the clippers at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, next Friday!

How did Valparaiso University (VU) President Mark Heckler find himself nine days away from shaving his head to support childhood cancer research? The story starts in 2007 when Tom Serratore, a freshman at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois, decided to participate at his first St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event in honor of his friends who had been affected by cancer.

So inspired by the experience, Tom shaved all four years of high school. When he went off to college and joined VU’s soccer team, he brought with him the idea to organize a St. Baldrick’s event. The soccer team accepted Tom’s challenge and hosted the University’s first-ever event in 2011, raising more than $6,000!

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