St. John’s Student Convincing His Friends, Classmates to Shave Their Heads
ST. JOSEPH - Between classes and studying, a student at St. John's University has been spending his free time this fall getting ready for a big fundraiser. Sophomore Austin Hingtgen is organizing the event to raise money for childhood cancer research.
He's working with the St. Baldrick's Foundation - which is a combination of the words "bald" and "St. Patrick's".
Hingtgen says almost everyone has been affected by the disease, and he wanted to find a way to give back.
I have a good friend who about two years ago was diagnosed with leukemia, and she's had an awful experience with it. It's hard to see people go through that, and you know a lot of people do. I'm really passionate about doing something about that.
Hingtgen's event will be held on Friday, October 20 starting at 5:00 p.m. at Sal's Bar and Grill in St. Joseph. It will include a social hour and dinner with tickets selling for $10 each. Then, volunteers will shave their heads. He says so far he's had 12 head shavers sign-up, including one girl.
The shaving your head part is just a big awareness of what it's like. It's almost an uncomfortable feeling to have no hair.
His goal when he started putting the event together back in July was to raise $5,000, he says he's already passed $3,400.
Hingtgen is a biochemistry pre-med major. He's also an EMT at St. John's. He's a native of Williston, North Dakota.