Local Fraternity Shaves Heads to Support Breast Cancer Research

[caption id="attachment_5587" align="alignright" width="250"] Caption: CSU President Chris Markwood helps shave a student's head during Kappa Sigma's Shave to Save event Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Clock Tower on CSU's main campus. Markwood's mother is a 47-year survivor of breast cancer.[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University’s Xi Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma is raising money for breast cancer research by shaving the heads of their brothers during the annual “Shave to Save” event Thursday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. around the Clock Tower on CSU’s main campus.

“In addition to raising money for a good cause, shaving heads symbolizes our support for patients who might lose their hair after undergoing intense cancer treatments like chemotherapy,” said Grant Carter, president of Kappa Sigma at CSU.

Kappa Sigma hopes to raise $13,000 this year to support the American Cancer Society.

“Last year we raised more than $12,500,” Carter said. “We donated all of it to the American Cancer Society, and we asked that half go towards breast cancer research and the other half towards neuroblastoma research. The son of a Kappa Sigma alumnus passed away last year from neuroblastoma cancer, and we wanted to give back and show our support.”

The fraternity encourages others to join the movement by volunteering to have his or her head shaved or to make a donation. Donations can be made at www.xi-iota.com or through an active chapter member. All donations will go directly to the American Cancer Society.

The Boyz Barbershop and Salon is donating shaving supplies.

For more information, email Carter at Carter_Grant@ColumbussState.edu.