March 18, 2010
2010 St. Baldrick's Day Photo Gallery
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On March 12, four members of the Louisville rowing team shaved their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Sarah Fiske, Katie Scordo, Samantha Seldon, and Kelly Traynor participated in a St. Baldrick's Day event at St. Agnes Parish School. The event was one of thousands across the country organized by volunteers with all proceeds benefiting The St. Baldrick's Foundation.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is the world's largest volunteer-driven fund-raising program for childhood cancer research and funds more money in childhood cancer research than any other organization except the U.S. government.
Together, the four rowers raised more than $5,000, while Traynor raised more than any other individual at the St. Agnes Event with a total of $2,340. The event hit close to home for both Traynor and Scordo as each of them shaved their heads in memory of a beloved friend who lost the battle with pediatric cancer. Traynor shaved her head in memory of Tori Loranne Slade, age 4, who lost her battle with leukemia in 2008, while Katie shaved her head in memory of Brittny Williams, who lost her battle with cancer at age 13. Both Traynor and Scordo wore pink at the event in honor of the girls' favorite color.
"Being apart of this experience surpassed all my expectations," said Traynor. "The event was overwhelming in the most eye opening and rewarding way possible. Throughout the days leading up to St. Baldrick's, the support and encouragement we received from family, friends and members of the community was extremely moving. I was so glad to be able to remember Tori in this way and in an event that brought out the absolute best in everyone it touched."
Sarah, Katie, Samantha and Kelly thank all of the Cardinal community for their generosity in this endeavor and look forward to boldly and baldly representing the University of Louisville this weekend at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas.