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Zucker School of Medicine shows support for kids with cancer

As hair covered the floor and smiles adorned the many faces of those in attendance, everyone who campaigned for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation knew their hair loss was going towards a greater purpose. Students and faculty took part in having their head shaved on February 28, 2018, at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in support of those with pediatric cancer.  In its sixth year of participation, the School of Medicine has raised $12,000 for St. Baldrick’s thus far as part of a larger donation effort put forth by Hofstra University whose annual shaving event will be held on April 4.

In fact, the School of Medicine has managed to eclipse their total annual combined donation pot of $100,000 for St. Baldrick’s with no sign of wavering momentum. Four students have raised over $1000 for the cause, including first-year medical student and event team captain, Samuel Butensky: “I need to lead by example and this is really for all the kids suffering from pediatric cancer.” The event was organized by the Zucker School of Medicine Student Community Service Committee which involves the participation of Mr. Butensky and many of the other St. Baldrick’s campaigners.

Dr. Prince braves the shave.

Also among the shavees were Zucker School of Medicine faculty members, including Jose Prince, MD, a pediatric surgeon at the Cohen Medical Center and associate professor of surgery. “Many of the kids I take care of will come in with their heads bald from the chemotherapy…and it’s not fair, the children did nothing wrong,” Dr. Prince said.

The act of head shaving is meant to show solidarity with kids fighting cancer, many of whom lose their hair during treatment. Leading up to the date of the event, each shavee raises funds which are donated to support pediatric oncology research. The medical school also participates in Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization that offers human hair replacement to children at no cost.

This year the Zucker School of Medicine’s goal is $15,000 and donations are being accepted through April 4. To show your support and join the fight against pediatric cancer with the School of Medicine visit St. Baldrick’s-Team Zucker School of Medicine.

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