SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Two LSU Health Shreveport students and their partners have shaved their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Ryan and Lauren Mackay, and Caitlin and Michael Meador are good friends that are joining together for a good cause.
All four of them shaved their heads on Friday, March 12, at Geaux Bald 2021 – LSU Health Shreveport, along with other participants, as a way to make money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants. While childhood cancer research does receive some government funding, it only covers four percent of the research budget.
Lauren and Caitlin say this will be the shortest their hair has ever been. The goal of the Mackays and Meadors is to raise $10,000.
Last year, LSU Health Shreveport’s medical team was the top fundraising team, earning more than any other medical school across the country. This year, they want to raise even more with a goal set at $50,000.
Around 100 people participated in Geaux Bald 2021. Many will be shaving their heads, like the Mackays and Meadors, while others will be cutting their hair to donate it to organizations like Locks of Love, Hair We Share and Wigs for Kids.
Anyone wanting to donate can do that here.