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Chico State students shave their heads to raise cancer awareness

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:32:50 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 16 2013 01:58:34 PM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

Some Chico State Students shaved their heads Wednesday, to show support for children who lose their hair during chemotherapy and radiation treatment

The Bald Is Beautiful fundraising event was held Wednesday in the Trinity Commons on the Chico State campus.

The event is a lead-up to Up 'til Dawn, the largest student-participation fundraiser held on campus. Up 'til Dawn, scheduled for Nov. 4 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Student organizers of Up 'til Dawn and other volunteers lined up to have their heads shaved at the event, which has been held on campus since 2010. The event won an award from St. Jude in July.

Chico State students got the idea for the event after touring the St. Jude hospital in Memphis and visiting children who had lost hair due to cancer treatments.

Student Ian Gilbert, associate director of Up 'til Dawn this year, said organizers hope Bald Is Beautiful is a successful prelude to Up 'til Dawn. "We are looking to bring momentum to this year's event to create Up 'til Dawn buzz and excitement on campus," Gilbert said. "The Up 'til Dawn board has set lofty goals to raise $200,000 and have 4,000 people attend this year."

Since CSU, Chico students began participating in Up 'til Dawn in 2000, they have secured nearly $1.4 million in donations for St. Jude's Children's Hospital - more than any other participating college or university.

More information is available on Facebook at "Chico State Up 'til Dawn," and Twitter and Instagram @ChicoUTD.