After a year of ‘firsts’ and ‘new opportunities’ to make the most of an otherwise unfortunate situation. RAM Scholars have decided if they can not be together to make a difference, they will find a new way.

Prior to COVID-19, RAM Scholars would often take part in the program’s volunteerism and service-learning component; RAMdom Acts of Service. Through this initiative students have volunteered their time and efforts with local soup kitchens, Breast Cancer walks, and their very own Adopt-a-Highway Initiative.  However, this year with limited social interaction, students decided to take on a new challenge, Childhood Cancer.

The Big C (cancer) has affected many students and their families, even while the nation battles this deadly pandemic. Eager to make a change two RAM Scholars, Morgan Callahan and Vanessa Cantos decided to lead the initiative of partnering with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to battled childhood cancer.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a terrific organization whose focus is the advancement of treatment and research of those battling several forms of childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s has seemingly cracked the code on how to make awareness, donations, and education cool! This foundation doesn’t just raise money the conventional way, no, instead they challenge you to SHAVE YOUR HEAD! This symbolic gesture not only shows your support and raises awareness of those fighting this battle, but also makes a fun challenge for all friends and families!

Many RAM Scholars and the RAM Program Director, Dr. Erwin Cabrera, have already taken the pledge to shave their heads and so can you! The RAM Program will be hosting their virtual shaving event on Thursday, April 15th at 11:00am! If you are interested in shaving your head, please contact Dylan Gafarian at gafaridm@farmingdale.edu.

If you are interested in making a donation in place of shaving your head, please use the following: https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/RAMProgram

Any donation is greatly appreciated!