OHSU/Doernbecher ‘razor heads’ go bald to support childhood cancer research
05/04/11 Portland, Ore.
Nurses, physicians and staff at Oregon Health & Science University — four women and five men — will shave their heads in support of children with cancer as part of the annual Portland St. Baldrick's event.
This year nine brave souls will go bald in support of the kids they care so much about.
"As I take care of infants, children and young adults with cancer, I know firsthand the necessity for research to find the cure. The St. Baldrick's Foundation's specific mission is to raise the funds needed for childhood cancer research," said Bill Chang, M.D., Ph.D., team captain of the DCH (Doernbecher Children's Hospital) Razor Heads for the Cure, and assistant professor of pediatrics (hematology/oncology), OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and a member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
Nurses, physicians and staff planning to shave their heads this year include:
Patty Carney, Ph.D., professor of family medicine, OHSU
Jason Glover, M.D., fellow in pediatrics (hematology/oncology), OHSU Doernbecher
Barb Hutchins, health unit coordinator, OHSU Doernbecher
Sophia Jeng, research assistant, Oregon Clinical and Translation Research Institute
Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., associate professor, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Angela Romanoski, M.D., resident in pediatrics, OHSU Doernbecher
Samir Shehab, M.D., resident in pediatrics, OHSU Doernbecher
David Sheridan, M.D., resident in pediatrics, OHSU Doernbecher
To view "before" pictures of the team, to learn more about the shavees and the children they are honoring, or to make a donation, visit the team's Web page.
Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m.
Oaks Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
Since 2005, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has funded more than $57 million in cancer research grants. OHSU Doernbecher's Bill Chang is among its many grant recipients. In 2009 he received a three-year career development award to continue his lab-based research into the molecular genetics of leukemia. This year St. Baldrick's is also funding a summer student for research at OHSU. In previous years, St. Baldrick's has funded a pediatric Hematology and Oncology fellow at OHSU Doernbecher.