In an effort dubbed “Saving by Shaving,” several Freed-Hardeman University students raised money Feb. 7 for Caleb Sams, an FHU student fighting cancer. Twenty-five students and Assistant to the Dean of Students Tom Vickery shaved their heads in exchange for monetary contributions. More than $2,500 was raised.
Sams, a 20-year-old junior social work major from Concord, N.C., has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Doctors found the tumors in Sams’s left leg and lungs. He began chemotherapy treatments to treat the cancer in January. To combat the disease, Sams will undergo a 35-treatment series of chemotherapy followed by amputation of his leg below the knee.
Jake Wilbanks, one of those who volunteered to shave his head, said, “Shaving my head didn’t really seem like that big of a deal if it meant Caleb was comforted and it made this whole situation easier for him. It made me so proud to be a part of this campus and to know I’m surrounded by so many kind hearts and amazing spirits that were supporting Caleb.”
Freed-Hardeman students Skyler Sexton and Jojo Waffird originally proposed the fundraiser concept at a Phi Kappa Alpha officer retreat. Their initial goal was to raise awareness and collect $500 dollars to donate to Sams and his family. Other students and social clubs joined the effort.
To find out more about Sams’s story and make a donation, contact Wilbanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.