Media Advisory: UCSF Doctors to Participate in Head-Shaving Cancer Fundraiser

By Kate Vidinsky on June 06, 2011

WHAT: In a bold demonstration of support for children fighting cancer, several UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital doctors and staff will have their heads shaved bald at a special event to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Funds raised will go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that hosts worldwide events where volunteers collect pledges and shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, who often lose their hair during chemotherapy. Since 2007, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has given nearly $770,000 to support UCSF’s clinical and basic cancer research programs.

The event is open to the public and will include food, drinks and a raffle. A $10 donation will buy the right to cut off a lock of hair from the shavee of your choice, while the highest bidder will earn the right to have the person shaved bald on their behalf.

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 8, 5-7:30 p.m.
Best time for media is 6:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan Street, San Francisco

WHO:

  • Kate Matthay, MD, chief of pediatric oncology, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
  • UCSF pediatric cancer specialists including Steven DuBois, MD; Robert Goldsby, MD; and Jason Law, MD
  • Hospital staff members and former childhood cancer patients

CONTACT: Media interesting in covering the event must RSVP to Kate Vidinsky at (415)-476-3024 or kate.vidinsky@ucsf.edu.

BACKGROUND: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is an international leader in the research and treatment of childhood cancer. The hospital employs a team of highly skilled compassionate physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and staff who oversee the coordinated care of children with cancer and their families. UCSF pediatric oncologists play a leading role in multiple clinical trial groups, which are making major advances in improving the survival of children with cancer through state-of- the-art research in childhood leukemia, brain tumors, and neuroblastoma.