Online Originals: 5th annual Pirates Versus Cancer event fundraises for local pediatric oncology patients

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Friday afternoon, people from East Carolina University’s health sciences gathered to continue the fight against childhood cancer in the 5th annual Pirates Versus Cancer fundraiser.

Teachers, students, and staff gathered on the campus of the Brody School of Medicine to “ say goodbye ” to their own hair and donate it to a child in need. The severed locks are sent to the UNC School of the Arts wig making program. From there, new wigs are made for cancer patients undergoing treatments.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,500 children under the age of 15 in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer by 2021. The number of childhood cancers has risen slightly in recent decades.

This annual event, hosted by ECU health science students, will raise money for children’s life programs at Vidant Medical Center. They do this in an effort to show solidarity with the families affected by childhood cancer.

After COVID-19 closed the event in 2020, students are excited to make an impact. Freshman medical student and president of Pirates Versus Cancer, Alex Doherty, said it’s a way to give back to the many families who have inspired her.

“I went to the ECU and was deeply involved in the pediatric oncology department there,” said Doherty. “I grew very close to the patients and the families there. They are just so strong and have always had a positive outlook on life and really inspired me. ”

Pirates Versus Cancer has raised nearly $ 11,000 towards their goal of $ 15,000 so far. All proceeds will go directly to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at James and Connie Maynard’s Children’s Hospital.

You can donate to help a local child in need by visiting the Pirates Vs. Cancer JustGiving page or by clicking here.

The fundraising efforts will continue through June 4.

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