By: Jeremy Schilling
(HAMDEN, Conn.)- $110,000. It can pay for a nice car, a nice house, numerous rounds of golf at some posh places, among so many other luxuries. But it can also make a distinct difference in fighting and helping children with cancer. And that’s exactly what the Quinnipiac Men’s Hockey team did along with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation last Saturday afternoon, October 3, with their first Blades and Shaves event. Following the annual Blue-Gold intra-squad scrimmage – the teams first action on the TD Banknorth Sports Center rink so far this year – every single member of the hockey team, plus Head Coach Rand Pecknold and QU Athletics’ Sports Information Director Ken Sweeten all shaved their heads, with the proceeds going to St. Baldrick’s.
Also on Saturday, St. Baldrick’s, in turn, gave $110,000 to Yale-New Haven Hospital for cooperative research to help their continued fight against childhood cancer. On a day that, for some, had mixed emotions – these days it seems like everyone knows someone that has been afflicted with cancer – it turned into a day of smiles and laughs.
“Blades & Shaves exceeded our wildest expectations,” Pecknold told quinnipiacbobcats.com. “We far eclipsed our fundraising goal in support of medical research for children’s cancer and also helped spread awareness about the disease and the damaging effect it has on kids. I want to personally thank everyone – including my student-athletes and staff – who so generously donated their money, time or hair to help make this event so successful.”
Overseen by the MSG Network’s Deb Placey and led by Pecknold and Captain Dan Henningson the players and staff got shaved, one by one. Laughs and cheers erupted from both players and onlookers. They all knew it was for a good cause – and they all knew that by simply shaving their heads, they were making a difference in someone’s life, and possibly working to save some at the same time. It was a fun time had by all.