School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

'Buzz it for Boards' raises nearly $1,000 for cancer research

Students who participated in \"Buzz it for Boards\" raised $860 for St. Jude Children\'s Research Hospital

Students who participated in "Buzz it for Boards" raised $860 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Almost 30 male students at the Wayne State University School of Medicine will be getting sun tans on parts of their bodies they least expected this summer.

And their daring will help fund research to battle children’s cancer.

The first ever “Buzz it for Boards” wrapped up this week, after challenging students to shave their heads – or for those a little less daring to at least radically crop their tresses – for charity.

The idea behind “Buzz it for Boards,” explained Brandon Mancini, Student Senate president for the Class of 2011, was to allow students to blow off a little steam during the high pressure period of exams while raising funds for a worthy cause.

Mancini said 28 students stepped up to the trimmer or razor, and with additional donations, the effort raised $860 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

There were two ways to participate: If students or faculty members shaved their heads before May 19, the Class of 2011 donated $5 on their behalf to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those wary of going under the clippers could make a lump sum donation to the cause or pledge an amount for each head shaved.

Mancini said the success of this year’s effort should lead to it becoming an annual event. Next year, he said, the class hopes to recruit female students early in the academic year to grow their hair long and commit to donating their tresses to Locks of Love, which provides wigs for female cancer patients.

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