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Pilots to Once Again Help Conquer Cancer by Shaving Their Heads

April 1, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - In what has become an annual event, players and coaches of the Portland Pilots men's soccer team will be shaving their heads as part of the ninth annual St. Baldrick's Day Foundation's Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer, which 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.

Even though the event culminates with a mass head shaving on May 2 at Oaks Park Pavilion, the Pilots will jump start the festivities by shaving their heads on live television on April 20 as part of KGW's NewsChannel 8 Sunrise Edition. Drew Carney, who will also shave his head, will broadcast live during his "Out & About" segment when the team goes bald. The NewsChannel 8 at Sunrise runs from 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m.

The team's goal is to raise more than last year's total of $7,000.

"The strength of these kids to go through such challenges on a day-to-day basis is remarkable," said Portland junior defender Alex Kraus. "Seeing some of them last year and their smiling faces while we were shaving our heads was truly awe-inspiring. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to lend our support again this year, hopefully exceeding our donation total for last year. Until we find cures, we plan on continuing to put our hair in the air!"

To make a donation, the team is asking you to visit the University of Portland's donation page at https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/teamid/65751. Once there, simply click on "Make a Donation" 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 the University of Portland Men's Soccer Program, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Ore., 97203.

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.

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 Sports Information