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Portland Pilots Will "Go Bald" Once Again to Help Conquer Cancer

March 15, 2011

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PORTLAND, ORE. -- Continuing a tradition now three years in the making, members of the Portland Pilots men's soccer team will once again be shaving their heads as part of the St. Baldrick's Day Foundation's Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer, 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.

The fundraiser culminates with a head-shaving event at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion on May 14, and the team needs your help raising money. The team's goal is to raise more than last year's total of $7,619.

"Last year we were able to meet Ramsey and Bransen, two extraordinary individuals," said Portland senior defender Alex Kraus, who notes that donations can still be made after the guys go bald. "To be able to spend some time with them was an eye-opening experience. We consider ourselves fortunate to participate in the event once again this year and will do our absolute best to top our total donations from last year. Until we find cures, we hope to continue this tradition and provide hope for children all around the world!"

Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, with one diagnosis occurring every 3.5 minutes. Every four hours a child succumbs to cancer and one in five children will not survive the disease. The importance of raising money to fund pediatric oncology research gives these children a hope for the future, so be a part of the cause to support Pilots athletics in their aid to make a difference.

Please direct any questions, concerns, or comments to Alex Kraus at kraus10@up.edu, Brandon McNeil at mcneil@up.edu, or Rob Baarts at baarts@up.edu. Also visit PortlandPilots.com for more and information and updates on the fund-raising efforts.

-Courtesy of UP Athletics