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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2010


CONTACT:

Tressa Kirby
202-687-8865
tk275@georgetown.edu


‘Off with your Hair’: Georgetown Students Brave the Shave to Fight Pediatric Cancer


Washington, DC—Some go green… others go bald. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner but for some medical students and faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine, the day usually associated with pints of beer will be a bit more memorable. They call it St. Baldrick’s Day for a reason.

The students are joining forces with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, to encourage individuals to “brave a shave” and go bald to conquer pediatric cancer.

For this year’s St. Baldrick’s Day at Georgetown, about 75 students, faculty and staff will proudly go bald to help save the lives of children with cancer. “At this event, volunteer ‘shavees’ go bald to stand in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatments,” says Hahn Soe-Lin (M’12), co-coordinator for St. Baldrick’s Day and a student in the School of Medicine. The event contributes to a critical pool of funding that drives new investigational research targeted against pediatric cancers that affect thousands of children and their families in the Washington, DC area. To date, Georgetown students have raised $23,000 on behalf of pediatric cancer. The program will include student bands, a breakdancer, and arts and crafts for kids followed by a silent auction featuring gift certificates and sports memorabilia.

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2010; 3:00pm – 7:00 pm

3:00pm: Opening remarks
3:30pm: Aveda hairstylists will join pediatric cancer patients in shaving the first round of ‘shavees’; one group of ‘shavees’ will go per thirty minutes.

Where: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Pre-Clinical Science Building, 3900 Reservoir Rd., Washington, DC
*Complimentary parking is available for members of the media

About Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Lombardi is one of only 39 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.

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