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Fighting Childhood Cancers

Midshipmen from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) along with faculty, staff, family and friends shaved their heads in an effort to raise money to fight childhood cancers during the 2013 St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising events recently. 

“We are thrilled that so many people have supported our event,” said Midshipman Chelsea Tapper, who organized the event at USMMA. “I am overwhelmed by the response of the midshipmen and their family and friends. We had around 200 shavees and, even though the money is still coming in, we are currently close to raising over $13,000! The original goal was 50 shavees and $1,500.”

The day was made a little sweeter through the efforts of the USMMA parents of Cookie Café, a non-profit group that provides weekly treats to midshipmen and service men and women who are far from home. “For this event we really wanted to do something special to support the cure for childhood cancer so we added pies and cakes to the home baked goodies made with lots of love for the midshipmen and alumni serving our country.  We hope it helped with the big turnout for the event,” said Martha McCann