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Cancer researcher, student at JABSOM will go bald April 22 to support childhood cancer–You can help!
Date: April 9th, 2018 in JABSOM News
Pictured, St. Baldrick’s 2018 JABSOM Summer Fellow Mark Brisco
By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director
University of Hawaiʻi – Mānoa (UHM) student Mark Brisco will be working at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) this summer to devise a better way to diagnose cancer in children. But first he will get a severe haircut.
Brisco, who is studying biochemistry at UHM, is the recipient of the 2018 St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship Award, which will allow him to take part in pediatric cancer research at JABSOM. His mentor will be JABSOM’s Dr. Bruce Shiramizu, Pediatrician and Researcher. And that’s where the haircut comes in.
Dr. Shiramizu is a proud supporter of the annual “Shave-Off” fundraising event orchestrated by St. Baldrick’s to raise money to fight childhood cancer. Along with Dr. Shiramizu (and thousands of other people around the country), Brisco will be submitting his thick locks of hair to a razor. The “Shave-Off” is a festive event, leaving the fundraisers with a shiny bald pate and for a few weeks at least, recognizable proof that they support the cause.
The 2018 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event in Honolulu is coming up on April 22. Dr. Shiramizu’s Laboratory Team, “Shaven Things,” is seeking donations. You can help fund childhood cancer research through the Shaven Things team website.