NAU Raises Funds for St. Balrick’s Foundation

Employees of National American University’s Central Administration made a big statement in the fight against childhood cancer. Three employees, along with other Rapid City community members and Rapid City firefighters, shaved their heads in honor of kids around the world fighting cancer. The shavee team was able to raise over $4,300 for the St. Balrick’s Foundation—a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to find cures for childhood cancer.

“I want to sincerely thank each person who donated to this event and I especially want to thank all of my volunteers for going bald with me. Without everyone’s participation, this event wouldn’t have been possible. With this successful event we were able to bring awareness to this disease and help give these kids hope for a cure. Again, thank you so much for your participation and support!” said NAU employee and shavee, Bobby Bruinsma. Bobby coordinated the entire event at NAU, rallying other supportive participants for the cause.

 “Although cancer hasn’t affected my life directly, I have had encountered cancer indirectly through family friends. These kids are fighting a fight harder than many of us will ever experience, and they do it with courage and determination,” he said. “Giving up my hair is the least I can do to show my support for such brave kids! And I know the money raised will help fund valuable research towards finding a cure.”

The event took place at National American University’s Central Administration after just a few short weeks of fundraising by the team. For one employee/shavee, shaving her head was a simple task in comparison to her own experiences. “Kids with cancer will always be defined by it. They will never be known as ‘That girl who can do the backflip’ or ‘That boy who made the triple-play’ they will forever be known as ‘That kid who had cancer.’ I saw my son have to deal with cancer in his early 20’s and although he is now cancer-free, he still suffers from the effects of the treatments. If I can help just one child and one family not to have to go through what my son did, it is all worth it,” said Allyson Daane.

Bobby hopes to continue the event in the future and get even more people involved in continued support of St. Baldrick’s. He encourages others to not only be involved but help spread awareness about childhood cancer and the children and families affected each year.