Extra Effort: Bradley’s Fight Against Cancer

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There was a lot of hair hitting the floor of Renassaince Coliseum last weekend, as the Bradley baseball team shaved their heads for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The players are happy to give up their hair for a bigger cause: this year the team raised over $15,000.

“It’s awesome, its a great opportunity. Its not about shaving our heads, no one here is worried about their haircut,” said Bradley senior Christian Dominguez. “We understand the meaning of it, its a lot bigger than that. So we are just happy to do it, happy to be a part of it. Luckily we raised $15,000 this year.”

“Its a lot bigger than yourself,” said Bradley junior Dan Bolt. “You can risk your hair for a month or two to help these kids out and give them some motivation to keep going at it every day.”

For the fifth straight year, the Bradley baseball team is raising awareness and funds against cancer for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. In five years they have raised almost $60,000.

“You feel good about yourself, but the whole point is to raise money and to raise money for cancer so it can actually be stopped,” said Bradley senior Andy Shadid. “We have to remind ourselves by doing this every single year that this isnt for us, this is for a bigger cause, this is for bigger than us.”

The team says it will visit the Children’s Hospital in Peoria soon to present the check and visit with the kids. Bradley head coach Elvis Dominguez says he is proud of how much his team has given back. 

“Ever since we went the first time to Children’s Hospital and saw the impact that they can make and the difference they can make in somebody’s life, especially in helping out the families,” said Elvis Dominguez. “Im really, really proud of what they have done and how they are driven to make this a beatable disease.”

“Doing something extra just like this, raising money, it really puts life into perspective,” said Shadid. “It makes you think that baseball is really just a game, there is a bigger purpose in this world.”

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