|4/27/2018 12:22:00 PM|
UW Platteville student creates Childhood Cancer Fundraiser
|Childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children aged 18 and under. Every year, there are an estimated 250,000 new cases of childhood cancer, which is almost 700 new kids affected every day. Pediatric cancer receives only 4% of the annual budget from the National Cancer Institute, leaving childhood cancer research insufficiently funded.|
Logan Bubolz, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, saw a need and responded. Logan is a student at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, double majoring in Sustainability and Renewable Energy Sources(SRES) and Mechanical Engineering(ME). Logan stumbled upon this fundraising project sort of by accident. Another student in his SRES major asked him "would you be willing to shave your head?" Logan responded "sure" before even asking why. The student explained it was a fundraiser for childhood cancer research. Logan, remembering the tough time he and his family went through when his mother had cancer, was onboard to be part of the fundraiser instantly. "I have seen the effects of cancer on grown adults, and I can't even imagine the effect on children." Bubolz said.
The effects cancer has on children are many. There are 16 major types of childhood cancer, and over 100 subtypes that all need individual forms of treatment. In the U.S, more children die from childhood cancer than any other disease. Treating the cancer isn't the only thing to worry about either, as ⅔ of children treated for cancer will suffer long term effects from the types of treatment currently available. In 20 years, only four new medications specifically designed to treat childhood cancer have been developed.
Seeing a problem and wanting to help, Matthew Nigh, also a SRES major, proposed the Childhood Cancer fundraiser. The best part? This fundraiser isn't part of a class, its something these young men organized on their own time, but it's not just a fundraiser. Not only is Logan working to raise money for childhood cancer research, but he is also working to raise awareness. On May 3rd, Logan will be shaving his head in support of, and to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Though he would like to raise as much money as possible, Logan has set a goal to raise $1,500, which will be donated to St. Baldrick's. St Baldrick's is a childhood cancer charity that specializes in funding childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's slogan is "Let's take childhood back from cancer."
When asked if he was nervous or apprehensive when it came to shaving his head, Logan responded, "I don't see my own hair, so it doesn't faze me in any way shape or form. It's for a good cause and that's all that matters." He also stated that he wouldn't hesitate to do this fundraiser again, however, next time, he would set it up a little earlier and give himself more time to generate funds for the cause.
Taking on a childhood cancer research fundraiser is an extremely admirable cause. If you have been inspired by this story, and wish to help Logan on his mission to raise money for this fundraiser, visit the site listed below: https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/982210/2018
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