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Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby is an annual philanthropy event to raise money for the Bobby Menges: “I’m Not Done Yet” Memorial Fund and Duke Hospital’s AYA (Adolescent and Young Adult) Oncology Program. Over the past two years, Duke Pike has raised over $100,000 for Duke Children’s Hospital and the AYA program.  The event consists of over 80 brothers and members of the community rallying together to shave their heads in support of all young adults and adolescents impacted by cancer. We highly encourage and appreciate all of your support!

Donate

Donating online is easy!  You can either click on the YouCaring widget below, which will redirect you to our fundraising page, or Venmo @s4sb4b18.  The Brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha greatly appreciate your generosity.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation please click on the link below. You will be directed to Duke Children’s Hospital donation page where your contribution will go directly to Duke University Hospital’s Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program.

https://www.gifts.duke.edu/dch?designation=3992327&technique_code=DCDCPBU

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The Event

On Saturday, March 24th between 12:30 – 4pm, Pi Kappa Alpha will host Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby in Abele Quad on Duke’s Campus.  The event consists of a shave-a-thon where 80+ brothers and members of the community will shave their heads in solidarity with cancer patients worldwide and specifically for Mark and Bobby.  The event will include free food and drinks but donations are always encouraged.  Football, Spikeball, volleyball and music will also be played on the quad.  The event is open to the entire Duke community and your attendance would be greatly appreciated.

This year Pi Kappa Alpha is adding the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation to their event Shave for Schreiber Buzz for Bobby.  Beautiful Lengths is the largest national movement and first campaign to create free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer.  The minimum accepted donation is 8 inches and hair may not be dyed.  Stylists from Posh will be on hand to cut donors’ hair.  Donors will also receive a Posh Gift Certificate so they can get their hair styled after the event.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up on the google doc below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bPWTV3JneOFLgSqu1A9oBszLB294AbGZDT7BGRBatdI/edit?usp=sharing

You can find more information about Beautiful Lengths at https://pantene.com/en-us/brandexperience/make-the-cut

 

The Cause

Through its annual philanthropy event, Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby, the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha supports two different causes. The first is the Bobby Menges “I’m Not Done Yet” Memorial Fund, which provides funding for transitioning adolescent oncology at the NYU-Winthrop University Hospital. It also supports the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology program at Duke University Children’s Hospital.

Since healthcare organizations commonly design their care for either children or adults, the unique needs of teens and young adults are often not met.  AYA Oncology is a sector of oncology that focuses on bridging the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care to better fit these needs.

From a medical, social and emotional standpoint, teens and young adults face far different challenges than children and older adults, and thus require specialized, holistic care. The disruption that cancer inflicts upon patients during this dynamic period of their lives can be extremely detrimental to their mental and physical well-being, prompting a need for more effective and innovative treatments.

Whether it be handling the pressure of returning to school, returning to a job or dealing with the isolation one will inherently feel from their peers, teens and young adults battling cancer face a great deal of uncertainty that the physical stress of their disease only compounds. Our mission with Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby is to raise money to help curb that uncertainty and promote the well-being of teens and young adults battling cancer.

The Individuals

Mark Schreiber:

Mark is a senior at Duke University, majoring in Computer Science. He was diagnosed with Central Nervous System (CNS) germinoma in January 2016.

After undergoing multiple neurosurgeries, Mark began an intense regiment of chemotherapy and radiation that lasted from February 2016 to July 2016. During these challenging months, Mark lost his appetite, his hair and his independence, but he did not lose hope. For him, staying optimistic was the easy part, since he felt the support of not only his fraternity behind him, but the entire Duke community as well.

Fortunately, Mark’s treatment regiment was successful and he was declared in remission in late July 2016. He returned to his studies at Duke in August 2016 and is still undergoing surveillance at Duke’s Cancer Center. He attributes his quick recovery to his mom’s persistence in making him chug green juices and mineral broth multiple times daily.

He is beyond grateful for the support that Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby has elicited and hopes that the momentum can carry on this year and into the future. Mark is an active member of the Duke AYA Council and wants to find any way to make it easier for young patients like himself to enjoy a life after cancer.

Bobby Menges:

Bobby Menges was a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha who was initiated in spring 2016 and a member of Duke’s Class of 2019 studying mathematics and music.

When he was five years old, he was first diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma, an extremely rare cancer for that age, and was again diagnosed with the same thing at age 9.

After being in remission for almost 10 years, he was diagnosed with a new cancer called PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumor) in the spring of 2016. “As a second semester freshman, this fight was by far the worst of the three,” he said. “I had to leave my new friends, my classes and my girlfriend so that I could receive treatment back home in New York.”

About a week after he left, the fraternity he had just joined, Pike threw an event called Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby to support him and junior in Pike Mark Schreiber. “In the midst of the worst period in my life, these men that I barely knew set aside their egos and shaved their heads in solidarity with me and Mark. This event is more than a fundraiser to me. It gave me the hope and strength to fight through cancer a third time.”

On September 8, 2017 at the age of 20, Bobby passed away as a result of his cancer. Losing Bobby was devastating to both Pike and the larger Duke community, but his spirit lives on through the actions of those whose lives he touched.

Current Pike freshmen, Cory Weinfeld, described Bobby by stating that, “To be able to battle the way he did and still have the most positive outlook on life ever was truly an amazing feat. I am absolutely going to tell my kids about Bobby, his perseverance, his joy, and hope that they go on to make the most of bad circumstances and live every second of their lives like it could be their last. I plan on giving my all to S4SB4B, because not only is cancer the worst thing in the entire world, but it took the best person I have ever known away from us, way too soon.

Following Bobby’s passing, his family founded the Bobby Menges “I’m Not Done Yet” Memorial Fund, which raises money for the NYU-Winthropy University Hospital Oncology program for transitioning adolescents. As a result, Shave for Schreiber, Buzz for Bobby now raises money for the foundation.

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