Students will shave their heads for a good cause

Tyler Bates ’13 (Smithville, Ohio) and Zane Eschbaugh ’13 (Marietta) had modest goals for the inaugural St. Baldrick’s Day at Marietta College.

“We were hoping for 50 people,” said Eschbaugh, referring to the participants who will have their heads shaved from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 5, at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

They passed that number within days of announcing the event that helps support the fight against childhood cancer. They now hope to have 150 by the event.

“We are excited by the overall response and we are now hoping to reach our goal of $5,000 for St. Baldrick’s,” Bates said.

The Marietta classmates have secured help from their fellow students, including the entire women’s basketball team who will help run the event.

Marietta’s Department of Athletics is also planning to help as a number of the employees – including Director Larry Hiser and coaches Andy Bucheit and Kole Vivian – have agreed to have their heads shaved for the cause.

The only female volunteer, so far, is Wendy Thieman of athletics.

Bates said there is a group at Belpre High School, where he is student teaching this spring, has raised about $1,500 toward the goal and so far about $1,200 has been pledged on Marietta’s St. Baldrick’s website www.stbaldricks.org/events/mariettacollege.

Bates and Eschbaugh have teamed up with the campus Colleges Against Cancer organization. They are also appreciative that DJ Correct and three to four certified barbers from the Muskingum Barber Shop have agreed to volunteer their time during the event.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation grants more for childhood cancer research than any organization except the U.S. government. The organization raised more than $21 million in 2011 alone. Donations and support will help find cures for childhood cancers and help give survivors long and healthy lives.