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UTSA Honors College students ask people to brave a shave for children with cancer

First annual St. Baldrick's Day event held UTSA Main Campus.

The first annual St. Baldrick's Day event at UTSA was held on The Paseo on April 18.

(April 19, 2017) -- UTSA Honors College students called on all Roadrunners and the San Antonio community to be heroes for children with cancer at UTSA's first annual St. Baldrick's event.

Junior Honors College student and organizer, Tyler Werland said more than 60 people, including female San Antonio police officers, UTSA students and faculty, volunteered to shave their heads on The Paseo.

In addition to those who shaved their heads, UTSA students volunteered to be a part of the planning committee, fundraised and donated money to fund childhood cancer research. Werland said they reached their goal to raise $10,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Werland worked with Sean Kelly, dean of the UTSA Honors College, to plan the event. Werland said he fell in love with the cause because of his work as a YMCA coach and his volunteer work with youth in San Antonio.

"I noticed that so many other universities participate and saw the opportunity for this fun event for a great cause to be a success at UTSA," said Werland.

In addition to planning the event, Werland was an active participant by dying his hair bright green and shaving it off.

"Even if you're not shaving your head, I encourage everyone to show up and show your support for this great cause," said Werland.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors healthy lives.

The UTSA Honors College recruits and enriches the educational opportunities of academically talented, motivated, and diverse students through an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes opportunities for research, service and leadership.

- Kara Mireles


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