The St. Baldrick’s Event: Fighting Children’s Cancer

Attending Saturday’s event was one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to Drexel this Spring quarter. St. Baldrick’s is a foundation dedicated to fighting children’s cancer and one of our very own fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon, has been involved and raising money to aid the foundation for the past 11 years now. This past Saturday, May 6th, almost all of the fraternity brothers shaved their heads in honor of past cancer patients as well as to raise money in hopes of reaching their final donation goal.

The event was a spirited reminder of the beauty that we all share when we come together to help those who need it. Giving back has a way of bringing people together and helping us remember what really matters in life. While the purpose of the event and fundraiser is quite serious, watching all of the guys shave their heads was a bit humorous. There was a wide range of guys, some big and muscular, others smaller and thinner, yet they all shared one common feature: a bald head. From miles away I’m sure anyone could have spotted this group of young men, but they were bald and they were proud. Just as they should be.

The Baldrick’s event was filled with gift baskets, raffles, food, and a sea of bald heads, for a cause that is all too real for too many children in today’s world. The carnival theme attracted many people and was a fun experience no matter what age you were. The most popular aspect of the event, however, was the head shaving. With not only guys, but also girls  shaving and cutting their hair off in honor of the numerous cancer patients that suffer each year. People stood and cheered them on showing their support. Midway through the event, a guest speaker was announced. Her name is Cameron, and she is now a year into remission and happily able to say that she fought cancer and won. A short, fun loving, free spirited girl with a huge smile on her face pleasured everyone at the event by simply being there. She ran around with all of the other children playing and jumping on bouncy castles, and from what it seemed, you would never be able to tell that she faced the battle of cancer. It was an honor to be in her presence, and I could tell that everyone there felt the same way.

This event has been a staple for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity for 11 years now, and leading up to this big day they certainly prepare in the best way possible: making and selling grilled cheese every weekend. These men dedicate their Friday and Saturday nights to sitting outside, grilling and selling some good ol homemade grilled cheese sandwiches to aid in raising money and reaching their goal. You’d be surprised how many people love grilled cheese, or maybe it’s actually not that surprising. From 7:30 am Saturday morning until 6:00 pm Saturday night, they put together, hosted, and then cleaned up the entire St. Baldrick’s event. It was a blessing for me to be able to aid Sigma Phi Epsilon in bringing this event to life. Experiencing it brought me to tears, and by the closing song, I knew this was something that I want to be a part of each year from here on out.

I hope that anyone reading this has come to understand the exceptional work of these young men, and the importance of St. Baldricks and the event held here at Drexel every spring. With the next event a year away, and a lot of planning ahead, I’m already looking forward to it.


Isabella Schnoering

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