Niagara Gazette

Local News

April 25, 2013

NU student's "Shave to Save" event raises funds, cancer awareness

NU student's "Shave to Save" event raises funds, cancer awareness

Niagara Gazette — Trying to raise cancer awareness and a little bit of cash for the fight, the Gallagher Center at Niagara University was filled with the sounds of hair clippers Wednesday evening.

Senior communications major Vince Schiano has a passion for fighting the killer disease through action. As part of his honors thesis, Schiano brought some adventurous university students — five men and three women — on stage in the student union’s multi-purpose room and had them go bald.

It’s all part of his Shave to Save program designed to expose students to the grim realities of cancer support, not necessarily the disease itself.

“When someone’s diagnosed with cancer, it’s not the disease that causes hair loss,” Schiano said shortly after leading by example. “It’s the chemotherapy, it’s the radiation that does it.”

About 130 students and staff took in the events, tied into the university’s Ridge Fest celebration, and raised $7,200 through various fundraising methods.

Students like junior Vanessa Dunn, who recently lost her great aunt to cancer, surpassed $2,900 in less than one week after deciding to shave her head last week.

The money is being donated to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit based in Baltimore that specializes in young adult cancer patient support services. Through the fund, 83 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to funding support services for those who are diagnosed with cancer, specifically young adults between the ages of 15 and 39.

Schiano’s experiences with the Ulman Fund began last year when he, along with NU alumnus Christopher Zukas, rode a bicycle across the country raising money. That endeavor raised $7,100.

Schiano’s thesis was designed for him to research student attitudes on cancer and construct a public relations plan to raise awareness and support for the cause.

E.J. Giacomini, an Albany-area resident and sophomore communications major at NU, had his head shaved as part of the event. He said he did it in honor of a dear friend who passed away from cancer in October 2010.

“I call her my Mim,” Giacomini said. “When I was born, my parents worked. So she pretty much raised me. She was my second mom. When she died Oct. 6, 2010, I put a picture of me and her as the background on my phone. And every October and on her birthday in August, I go and visit her.”


Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results