By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
An Oklahoma State University group is hoping to raise money by having others and themselves shave their heads.
The Student Association of Fire Investigators will host St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave on Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds stadium on the OSU campus.
Association Vice President Tyler Recek said similar events had been held in his hometown of Chicago. Recek said he wanted to bring the event to the OSU.
“I started looking and contacting people that would be either interested in shaving their heads, volunteer to be a barber; from there, all the people that choose to participate sign up on the website,” he said.
Participants solicit money for the event which benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer charity fund that funds research.
“We currently have 23 people signed up to shave their heads with another six being volunteers,” Recek said.
One of the participants is OSU student and Student Association of Fire Investigators member Matthew Behrman. He participated in the event last year, too.
“I think a lot of people find it interesting,” Behrman said. “(There’s) not many events where you raise money and then you shave your head.”
He said it’s also a show of solidarity to the children with cancer who will be at the event.
The group is partnering with Coaches vs. Cancer, which begins immediately after the OSU and Kansas State baseball game at 3 p.m.
The game is free. Recek estimates festivities will kickoff at 5:30 or 6 p.m. after the game.
Recek said they have hosted a table to inform students on campus outside the Student Union. He said even a girl or two have shown interest in taking part.
“The people that stand out most to me are the Spady family, the father and son are going to shave their heads in remembrance of one of the other sons who passed away from cancer a few years ago,” he said.
The event raised approximately $5,000 last year.
So far, they have raised $3,500. He said they are close to going over last year’s mark.
For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org and search Oklahoma State University.