April 22, 2013

Baseball Holds Head-Shaving Event to Support the Vs. Cancer Foundation

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After securing a 4-2 victory against Harvard in the second game of Sunday's home doubleheader, the Brown baseball team remained on the field and held a head-shaving event to support the Vs. Cancer Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer.

The team raised nearly $8,000 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, well over the team goal of $6,000, following over two months of fundraising efforts leading up to the event. Once on the field, the players and coaches collectively shaved their heads to get bald in solidarity with kids fighting cancer after raising money and awareness for an important cause. The proceeds directly benefited the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I. in its research and treatment of childhood cancer.

Fans and supporters of the cause are still encouraged to donate through the Vs. Cancer Foundation at vs-cancer.org. To donate directly through Brown baseball, click the link on the baseball section at brownbears.com.

The Vs. Cancer Foundation is committed to helping children fighting cancer as well as raising funds to continue the necessary research and help create a positive outcome for future cancer patients. Half of all proceeds raised from a Vs. Cancer head-shaving event go to a local childhood cancer hospital and the remaining monies will fund research at a national level.

According to American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts and Figures 2012, childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids and over 175,000 children are diagnosed annually worldwide. Since the 1970s, research breakthroughs have caused five-year cancer survival rates to increase from 50 percent to 80 percent.

For more information or to make a donation to Brown's efforts, please visit brownbears.com.