Duke Physician Assistant Program students raise nearly $16,000 for childhood cancer research

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Duke Physician Assistant Program students have raised $15,976 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.

This year’s fundraising efforts culminated in a “shave day” on April 26 at West 94th Street Pub, Woodcroft Shopping Center in Durham, where seven PA students — Alison Triebwasser, Tessa Sifferman, Ian Luther, Mike Jelinek, Jeff Donovan, Daniel Swain, Christopher Mertz — shaved their heads.

All money raised goes to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Its mission is to find cures for childhood cancers and to give survivors long and healthy lives.

The majority of the PA program Class of 2016 participated through online donations pages, advertising, requesting donated items from local businesses for a raffle and silent auction, and by volunteering at the shaving event.

The Duke PA students chose Felicity, a 5-year-old girl who received a diagnosis of Neuroblastoma in 2011, as their honored child. Felicity is a patient at Duke Children’s Hospital and lives in Durham. The team chose an honored child to put a face to the fundraising efforts.

A total of 10 teams participated at this year’s shave day, and nearly 100 people shaved their heads.

This is the fourth year that the PA program students have participated in fundraising for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In those four years, Duke PA students have raised more than $88,000.