MU Professor Shaves Head to Support Childhood Cancer Research

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago March 22, 2013 Mar 22, 2013 Friday, March 22 2013 Friday, March 22, 2013 7:25:36 AM CDT in News
By: Jennifer Lask

COLUMBIA - Dr. Debra Howenstine will shave her head at noon on Friday, March 22, in an effort to support childhood cancer research.

Howenstine is an assistant professor of family and community medicine at MU, as well as the medical director of the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. Whitney Beck, a medical school student who is involved with the event, said people will be able to buy raffle tickets at the beginning of the event to see who will be the first to shave Howenstine's head.

The event, which will be held in the MU medical school's Acuff Gallery, marks the start of this year's St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising activities in Columbia. According to the St. Baldrick's website, the foundation was founded in March 2000 out of a growing need for more funding for childhood cancer research. At its first event, which was held at a pub in Manhattan, 19 people shaved their heads and collectively raised $104,000. In 2012, volunteers raised more than $30 million nationwide, a record for the foundation.

Last year, MU medical students led fundraising efforts that resulted in $55,000 raised for the foundation. More than 75 students, faculty, staff and community members shaved their heads at the event. This year, the organizers have set a goal of $65,000. So far, more than $7,000 has been raised. With $3,746 in donations, Howenstine currently stands as the top fundraiser.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Living conditions in one public housing complex have a mother too worried to sleep through the night.... More >>
1 month ago December 17, 2015 Dec 17, 2015 Thursday, December 17 2015 Thursday, December 17, 2015 7:42:28 PM CST in Target 8
COLUMBIA – Veterans across the state could have a place to go to receive live-in care. The Missouri House... More >>
4 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:17:21 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A Missouri House committee passed a bill Thursday to help those who are deaf or blind gain... More >>
4 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:55:43 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis fire crews rescued two young boys from a burning apartment where officials said they... More >>
4 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:42:15 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legislation requiring a private company to review Missouri's welfare rolls is moving forward in the Legislature.... More >>
5 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:27:10 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's top two elected officials credited Ferguson on Thursday with pressing ahead with policing and court... More >>
5 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:48:24 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Normally, the lake behind Bass Pro Shop in north Columbia is used for fishing. But on Thursday,... More >>
5 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:46:09 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 35-year-old Crips street gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for... More >>
6 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:17:25 PM CST in News
IRONTON (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely... More >>
6 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:11:51 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A man and his dog are safe after venturing out onto a frozen lake. The man reportedly... More >>
6 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:08:26 PM CST in Top Stories
CAMDEN COUNTY - Camden County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Sunrise Beach man on drug charges after a traffic stop Thursday.... More >>
7 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:28:59 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A New Haven man was indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to entice a minor... More >>
7 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:03:37 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering several measures to combat what they call a heroin epidemic. ... More >>
8 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:57:16 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two Missouri lawmakers introduced new legislation that would give working families paid leave Thursday. Sen. Jill... More >>
8 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:57:03 PM CST in Top Stories
MORGAN COUNTY - A man wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies on kidnapping charge is now in custody as of... More >>
9 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:31:08 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security. The... More >>
10 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:36:50 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - When shopping for your valentine, it is important to ask if the diamond is man-made or synthetic. ... More >>
11 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:18:04 PM CST in Top Stories
VERSAILLES (AP) — A Missouri state trooper will be scheduled for a jury trial now that he has waived his... More >>
11 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 12:17:24 PM CST in News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
12am 29°
1am 28°
2am 26°
3am 26°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35 pm
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37 pm
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37 am
Last Call with Carson Daly
11:30 pm
Community
12:00 am
Community
12:30 am
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
You, Me and the Apocalypse
8:00 pm
The Blacklist
9:00 pm
Shades of Blue
7:00 pm
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00 pm
The 100
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld