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Pilots to Help Conquer Cancer by Shaving Their Heads

April 9, 2009

Printable Donation Form - Checks and cash donations along with a completed donation form can be sent to Beth Connell at University of Portland Athletics, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR, 97203.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Players, coaches and trainers of the Portland Pilots men's soccer team will be shaving their heads as part of the eighth annual St. Baldrick's Day Foundation's Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer. St. Baldrick's is the world's largest volunteer-driven fund-raising event for childhood cancer research. Each year thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends, family and the local community.

"This is an opportunity four us to give back to the community and we want to do everything in our power to support these brave individuals," said sophomore defender Alex Kraus, who notes that the Pilots intend to make this a year-round fund-raising effort. "This will hopefully allow us to make a lasting impact on the many lives affected by cancer. It's our goal to continue and increase our efforts in the future."

The team's goal is to raise $3,000 by April 19. As a culmination of the fund raising efforts, the Pilots will shave their heads on Sunday, April 19 at Barracuda Bar and Grill in downtown Portland. The team is asking anyone who wants to take part or to show their support to head to Barracuda's, which is at 9 NW 2nd Street. Events are set to begin at 12:45 p.m.

The Pilots will also be honoring 17 children from the Portland area, ranging from ages 2-17, at Barracuda's.

To make a donation, the team is asking you to visit the University of Portland's donation page. Once there, simply click on "Donate Online" and follow the step-by-step process to donate by credit card. Checks and cash donations can be sent, along with a completed donation form available by clicking "Download a Donation Form" on the website or by downloading the attached PDF file, to Beth Connell at University of Portland Athletics, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Ore., 97203. You can visit portlandpilots.com for more information.

The Pilots will also have a table set up where you can make donations in person at Portland's home baseball game against Gonzaga on Friday, April 17, and at the women's soccer team's home exhibition match against the U23 Women's National Team on Saturday, April 18.

Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. While advances have saved many children, childhood cancer still claims the lives of more children in the United States than any other disease - more than diabetes, asthma, congenital anomalies, cystic fibrosis and AIDS - combined!

Funds raised by the St. Baldrick's Foundation will be used to fund childhood cancer research - to help speed the day when every child with cancer will be guaranteed a healthy future.

Feel free to contact Alex Kraus at kraus10@up.edu with any questions.

Courtesy of University of Portland Sports Information