Mount’s ‘St. Baldrick’s’ raises $750 to fight childhood cancer

April 21, 2017

Derek O’Hanlon of Goshen, N.Y., an information technology major at the Mount Saint Mary College (right) smiles as his head is shaved during a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event held on campus. 


It was hair today, gone tomorrow for Mount Saint Mary College students, faculty, and staff during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation head shaving on April 20.

The hair-razing event, organized by journalism and English student Tanner Tait of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. helped to fight childhood cancer through donations totaling more than $750.

Tait and his team raised the money by selling bracelets and buttons, offering raffles, and accepting donations. All proceeds will go to fund childhood cancer research, he noted.

“We shaved our heads in solidarity, standing together with those afflicted with cancer,” he explained.

Tait says he spearheaded the event “on a whim, because I wanted to do something amazing. So I found St. Baldrick’s and said, ‘Shave your head for a good cause? That sounds awesome.’”

About 10 people in the Mount community got the razor treatment, including Robert Miller, assistant professor of religious studies, and Colin Seifrit, Resident Life area coordinator for the Mount’s College Courts. (Seifrit, already sporting a shaved head, instead had his lengthy beard cut down to size.)

Derek O’Hanlon of Goshen, N.Y., an information technology major, sat smiling as his long locks floated down to the floor.

“A cure for cancer is important,” he said, “and hair isn’t.”

Business student Jake Kosack of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., who also shaved his head, echoed O’Hanlon’s sentiment: “There’s no better cause,” he said. “I’m happy to help.”