By Vince Carango

vcarango@my.madonna.edu


Earlier this semester,  46 women shaved their head at Union Station in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the fact that every day, 46 children are diagnosed with a form of cancer.

Madonna University’s own Monica Fochtman was one of the 46 who participated in the event, in support of her son Luke, who is a survivor of stage 4 Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcom, an aggressive cancer of soft/muscle tissue.  All of the 46 women who participated either have a child who was lost, in treatment, or a survivor of childhood cancer.

“The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the prevalence of childhood cancer.  Cancer is the  No 1 disease killer of children, and every weekday, seven children are lost because of cancer,” said Fochtman.

All profits from the event went to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.  St. Baldricks is a charity that has more than 188,900 volunteers who have raised upwards of $117 million dollars to help fund research and find a cure for childhood cancer.  St. Baldrick’s is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research.

The support of the event stretched all the way back to the Madonna Univeristy residence halls, via live streaming over the internet so people locally could support the cause as well.

“The event was for a great cause, and I am happy I was able to be a part of it,” Fochtman. “What made it even more special was that my son, Luke, was able to be there to shave my head for me.”

The event was on a grand stage, and made a substantial amount of money for a great cause.  The event may have been large, but it only took five words to summarize the meaning for the event.

“Hair grows back, children don’t.”

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