Oct. 10, 2012
raise nearly $35,000 for Shave event
Virginia Tech baseball program held its third annual “Shave for
the Brave” event, raising nearly $35,000 for childhood cancer
research. The event collected $5,000 a year ago.
More than 60 players, coaches, staff members,
friends and family of the Hokies had their heads shaved,
including head coach Pete Hughes (pictured right). The event was
held in association with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which
supports childhood cancer research. The Hokies surpassed the
team goal by $10,000, using social media such as Facebook and
Twitter to raise the funds.
money will be donated to Melina Brown, whose son Levi (an
adopted member of the Hokie baseball team) was diagnosed at age
4 with medulloblastoma, a highly malignant primary brain tumor.
Levi is now cancer free at age 12.
Among the participants was Marie Mogensen, who
made the four-hour trip from Herndon, Va., to have almost two
feet of hair cut to support the program.
This was the eighth event in the 2012-13 academic
year for 19 Ways, the program’s initiative to find 19 ways to
make a difference in the community.
(photo courtesy of Virginia Tech Media