Wildcats team up with childhood cancer organization to raise funds

Hair littered a tarp, and the sound of hair shavers filled the air. The men of the Linfield baseball team are bald in honor of the the fight against childhood cancer.

Under the leadership of team captains, seniors Jordan Harlow and Tim Wilson, the entire baseball team exceeded its goal of donating $1,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, who support children with cancer and their families and doubled the amount, raising a total of $2,094.

After the Wildcats’ game against George Fox University on April 21, the team members started the processes of shaving their heads in honor of exceeding their goal.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” Harlow said. “We’re really honored to play college baseball, and to step aside from the game for a minute to recognize these people who are battling through some pretty tough things, it speaks a lot to the character of this team.”

According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website, the top fundraisers on the team were Wilson, who raised $400, and sophomore Aaron Thomasson, who raised $300.

This is the first year the team has had the “bald game,” but according to Harlow, it hopes to make it an annual event.

St. Baldrick’s has worked with sport teams across the country to hold other “bald games.” Now, after holding 60 other “bald games,” St. Baldrick’s has raised $402,037 and have shaved approximately 1,593 heads.

For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/.

Kaylyn Peterson/Copy chief