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ECU medical students to shave heads for fundraiser

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Students and staff with the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine will partner with the Vs. Cancer Foundation for a unique fundraiser.

On Monday, from 4-6 p.m., 14 men will shave their heads as part of the Pirates Vs. Cancer event. Five women will donate eight inches or more of their hair for wigs.

The event will be held at the ECU Lake Laupus, located on the ECU Health Sciences Campus. The hope is to raise $5,000 to be split between the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant and the national pediatric oncology research effort. So far, $4,613 has been raised.

"We want to help kids who are battling deadly cancers right here in our community while also fighting to beat cancer on a national scale through research in treatments and cures," said Trevor Hunt, first-year medical student at ECU and event organizer.

"Many kids battling cancer lose their hair involuntarily, but the rest of us have a choice. We are choosing to go bald to stand beside them in this fight."

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