NU Students Shave to Save
Lewiston, NY - A group of Niagara University students shaved their heads for "Shave to Save," an event that aimed to spread awareness for young adult cancer patients.
Three women and five men shed their locks in front of their fellow students in support of cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 39. The National Cancer Institute reports that this age group has difficulties finding resources to stay physically and psychologically healthy during treatment.
Vincent Schiano, a student who coordinated the event and had his head shaved, said it's important for college students to get involved in the fight against cancer. "College students have this sense of apathy sometimes and when they are getting involved, it starts habits early," Schiano said. "And when those habits are started early they're going to carry into adulthood and really help that sustainable relationship with the cancer fight all throughout their adulthood and to the end of their lives."
Schiano said his life was personally touched by cancer when his aunt was diagnosed with it, and inspired him to take part in raising awareness. "When you fight for one person, you end up fighting for five hundred, then you end up fighting for hundreds of thousands," Schiano said. "It's amazing, it's contagious. Just joining the fight, I've been empowered and all of our volunteers have been empowered."
The event raised over $7,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization that specializes in support services for young adults living with cancer.