On a recent Thursday night, 14 people left one Dave & Buster’s a little lighter.
All had shaved their heads in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support childhood cancer research. The event, organized by the Brotherhood of Nursing Students at Chamberlain’s Addison campus, raised more than $4,000 for the cause.
David Zick, president of the Addison chapter of the Brotherhood, was first inspired to participate in the head-shaving event when his friend was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He has shaved his head every year since.
When he took his current post within the group, he saw the perfect opportunity to expand on his mission. “I thought, ‘Let’s do this! Let’s make it happen!” he said.
Zick and other students pounded the pavement at Woodfield Mall, collecting items from local businesses to raffle at the event. Besides entertainment, the event also offered attendees complimentary spinal health screening. Group member Gary Sotelo called the night a “smashing success,” which surpassed their fundraising goals.
With more than 25 members, the Brotherhood of Nursing Students is one of the most active student groups on the Addison campus. The group’s purpose is to foster and empower the future of male nurses by uniting through community service, mentorship and activities. A new chapter of the group has recently formed on Chamberlain’s Chicago campus.
By Molly Mattison
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