Every spring the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) SOMA Chapter hosts a fundraiser for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research. The CCOM event brings together students from all the colleges at Midwestern University and members of the local community. Participants are invited to shave their heads to raise awareness, and help raise funds, in support of childhood cancer research.

This year, CCOM was named winner of the Battle of the Bald, a distinction awarded to the group that raises the most money for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the year. This year, CCOM had 135 participants and raised a total of $81,410.36.

This year’s top fundraiser was Tara Piryaei who raised $10,348.15. When asked why she decided to shave her head for St. Baldrick’s, she said: “A friend of mine passed away a few days before I signed up, after battling brain cancer for years and years. Not only is this the absolute least I could do in his honor, but I realized how insignificant me shaving my head is in the grand scheme of things, especially compared to how significant the cause of this fundraiser is. I should have done this a long time ago. In honor of Cj Scheley.”

Congratulations CCOM on this remarkable achievement! Thank you for your dedication to research, community engagement, and for reminding us all that we can make a difference.

To learn more about The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, watch this video, or visit stbaldricks.org.