GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's baseball team will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks this Wednesday at Fluor Field, but the Paladins' real foe will be childhood cancer as Furman rallies support for the Vs. Cancer Foundation with a head-shaving event following the 7:00 p.m. game.
Furman players and coaches will gather on top of the dugout following the game and have their heads shaved by barbers from Headlines Haircuts — all in an effort to support the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kid's lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts.
Last year Furman's head shaving event raised $12,487 — one of the highest totals among the nation's participating collegiate baseball teams. This year's squad has already surpassed its goal of $10,000 and currently leads 41 participating programs with $13,150 in pledges.
According to 2012 American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts and Figures, childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids, with an average of 36 children diagnosed with cancer each day in the United States and over 175,000 annually worldwide.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is committed to helping children fighting cancer NOW as well as raising funds to continue the necessary research and help create a positive outcome for future cancer patients. Half of all proceeds raised from a Vs. Cancer head-shaving event will go to a local childhood cancer hospital and the remaining monies will fund research at a national level.
Donations to the Paladins' fund-raising effort in support of the Vs. Cancer Foundation can be made through Furman's Vs. Cancer Page