Even after a 9-5 win over Clemson, the crowd Saturday at Boshamer Stadium was treated to one last hair-raising spectacle.
Or rather, a hair-losing spectacle.
Before packing their bags and retreating to the locker room, members of the UNC baseball team joined five volunteers — including three female UNC students — to shave their heads for the second annual BaseBald for the Cure.
After the game, bullpen catcher Chase Jones took on an emcee role, introducing the volunteers and players as their heads grew hairless. As a cancer survivor and founder of the University’s BaseBald for the Cure, he was also the inspiration.
The game day event marked the culmination of a fundraising campaign that began in October, when Jones was elected Mr. UNC 2010 and given $500 to use for his service project. The campaign raised at least $16,000, about $10,000 more than the $6,400 raised a year ago.
Jones was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006 and went through six months of chemotherapy. After he recovered, Jones rejoined the UNC baseball team with a newfound passion for raising cancer awareness.
All of the donated money will go to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for research in pediatric oncology.
Dianne Shaw, deputy director of communications for the center, said the department is particularly important to Jones.
“Chase wants to make sure these kids have the chance to live life,” Shaw said.