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‘Shave for a Cure’ raises awareness for Relay for Life

On April 2, 2013

Members of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega sorority hosted their third annual “Shave for a Cure,” Tuesday. The event was on the Marshall University Memorial Student Center Plaza from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Shave for a Cure” is an event where people can shave their heads, buy a bracelet or just get a cheap haircut. The bracelets were $1 and said “Shave for a Cure 13, Be Brave and Shave.” Head shaving was offered for free and a haircut by a licensed cosmetologist was $5. “Shave for a Cure” was focused on raising awareness and money for Relay for Life.

Casey Fitzwater, a junior and member of Sigma Tau Gamma, said this is the third year they have done “Shave for a Cure” and they have had success from the first time since they decided to start the event. Fitzwater said they had already shaved around 15 to 20 heads, and by the end of the event he was hoping to have at least 30 to 40 heads shaven. Even though it was a little chilly from the wind, he was still happy about the support and involvement they had gotten from everyone and that the event was successful again this year.

“This is the second year we have done ‘Shave for a Cure’ with Alpha Chi, and they really helped us out last year. So, we asked them do it with us again this year, and they’ve been a really big help this year as well. We’re just trying to raise as much money and awareness as we can for Relay for Life,” Fitzwater said.

Relay for Life is a fundraiser that The American Cancer Society hosts every year to raise money for the funding of cancer research, supporting cancer patients with wigs and other beauty techniques to improve their self-image during chemo-therapy, radiation treatments and “Road to Recovery,” which is a support system where volunteers drive cancer patients to get treatment.

“We have got a lot of community involvement so far, and it’s a pretty nice day out with pretty nice weather — just a little windy — and people are coming out and showing interest which is great. A lot of people have actually sat down and got their heads shaved, so I’ve been very pleased with the event this year,” Ty Carlton, Sigma Tau Gamma member, said.

Courtney Dotson can be contacted at

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