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Hair-Raising Event Creates a Buzz on Campus

Published on February 8, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

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It has been two weeks since Ed Knieter has “touched” his hair. The criminal justice program chair has a month to go before he gets buzzed for St. Baldrick’s.

(MERIDIAN) For Ed Knieter, shaving his head is no big deal. What is more of a big deal to him is not shaving his head. The criminal justice program chair at Broadview University is known for—well, let’s just say he is a little bit follicle challenged on top.

But for two months, Knieter has decided to bypass his near-daily buzz and grow his hair for a great cause. He has joined a group of law enforcement buddies to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and Broadview University is supporting the cause.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more grants for childhood cancer research than any organization outside of the U.S. government. The nonprofit raises the majority of its money through head-shaving events. The idea behind the events is to show solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Over the past decade, these events have raised more than $118 million worldwide.

Knieter’s team is called the Law Dogs. The five-member team has a $4,700 group fundraising goal. Broadview University is awarding its quarterly charitable giving donation of $500 to help support the team in reaching its goal. Knieter and one of his teammates, Sgt. Matt Clifford of the Ada County Sheriff’s Department, are both supporting local causes.

“I chose to do this in honor of a nine-year-old girl from Boise named Bri,” Knieter said. “Bri is now an angel, but I chose her because it is important for me to support other children like her who live in my community.”

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Knieter chose to support Bri, a nine-year-old girl from Boise who lost her battle to brain cancer in 2008. Photo courtesy St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Bri was six when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. She lost her battle in March 2008. She received care locally at St. Luke’s.

“The money [we are raising[ is felt at a local level,” Clifford says, “and local kids with cancer are involved in the program.”

It has been two weeks since Knieter started growing his hair, and he has another month to go. He promises not to touch it until he and the rest of his team get buzzed at a head-shaving event at the Knitting Factory in Boise on Saturday, March 9.

“I’m getting pretty fuzzy,” Knieter said with a grin. “It’s going to get pretty interesting here in a bit.”

To support Knieter in his fundraising quest, information can be found here on his donation page.

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