Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 1, 2013

Hokies shave heads in cancer-fighting effort


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech baseball team announced on Monday that it had reached its $25,000 goal from Saturday’s “Shave for the Brave” fundraiser to fight childhood cancer.

More than 60 players, coaches, staff members and friends and family of the Hokies had their heads shaved on Saturday following the baseball team’s intrasquad scrimmage in Blacksburg.

The event, held for the fourth straight fall, was in association with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research, and “46 Mommas Shave for the Brave” organization.

As of Monday, the team’s donation page on the Internet showed a sum of $22,503, but does not include almost $3,000 committed through cash donations, checks and company cash-matches, according to Virginia Tech officials.

“Our ‘Shave for the Brave’ event was once again a tremendous success,” Hokies coach Pat Mason said. “The support from Hokieball nation was truly amazing. On behalf of Virginia Tech baseball I would like to thank everyone for their contributions.

“I would also like to recognize our players, managers and staff for their efforts and commitment to the cause. I could not be more proud of what they did for this event.”

The money will be donated to Melina Brown, whose son Levi — an adopted member of the Tech baseball team — was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a highly malignant primary brain tumor, when he was 4.

Now 13, he is cancer free, but everyday 46 mothers in the United States are told their child has cancer, so the fight never ends.

The Hokies started their annual event in 2010 and adding this year’s total, the team has raised more than $65,000 for childhood cancer research.

This was the second event of the 2013-14 academic year for “19 Ways,” the baseball team’s initiative to find 19 ways to make a difference in the community.

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“Shave for the Brave”donation site:

http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/9105/2013