April 21, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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.”