West U Residents Hold ‘Shave Rave’ For Childhood Cancer Research

April 19, 2010

At 4:22 p.m. on April 22, Hannah Dyer-Holzhauer will shave her head in solidarity for all children who have been diagnosed with cancer this year.

The 19-year-old West University Place resident and Austin College student is trying to raise $10,000 for St. Baldricks Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants for childhood cancer research.

Hannah Dyer-Holzhauer, left, and Christine Bartram, right, will shave their heads on April 22 in solidarity for children with cancer.

“Cancer is a really prevalent issue these days. So many people die from it and to be able to make a difference, even if only one person benefits, is totally worth it,” Dyer-Holzhauer said.

Dyer-Holzhauer and her friend Christine Bartram, who attends Newnham College at Cambridge University, decided to have a “Shave Rave” event at their schools on the same day to raise money together for cancer research.

Dyer-Holzhauer and Bartram went to St. Agnes Academy together and have a friend who had cancer as a child.

“We’re doing this with her in mind,” Dyer-Holzhauer said.

On Earth Day, April 22, Dyer-Holzhauer and Bartram will have a professional barber on campus to shave their heads, along with other students who want to stand beside children with cancer.

Dyer-Holzhauer is planning on donating her hair, which needs to be between 10 and 12 inches long, so it can be made into a wig.

“We’re totally freaked out because hair is a big part of who we are … but to do something for one of our friends, is totally worth it,” she said.

Dyer-Holzhauer said she found her passion for making a difference in the world from attending St. Agnes Academy.

“It had such a commitment and dedication to social justice and community,” she said. “I want to make a difference in the world.”

To make a donation, go to www.stbaldricks.org/teams/shaverave.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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