Feb 26, 2011    #031
Contact: John Austin

UMKC School of Dentistry to host 10th annual 'fundrazor' to help young cancer patients

Proceeds from 'Shear Madness' event will help area kids attend Camp Quality

Faculty, students and staff at the UMKC School of Dentistry are gearing up for the school's annual Shear Madness event, which raises funds for children with cancer to attend Camp Quality, a non-profit organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer and their families.

This year's Shear Madness event will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Room 209 of the UMKC School of Dentistry, 650 E. 25th Street, KCMO 64108.

On the day of the Shear Madness event, students, faculty, and staff can set their price — on their hair, that is. Audience members are then urged to pledge money until the price is met. When the bidding stops, the buzzing begins.

Over the course of the past several months, students, faculty and staff have been working to raise money from friends, family and alumni. On the day of the Shear Madness event, anyone who wants to participate can set their price to have their heads shaved. Those individuals who raised money before the event can then use it to bid on the fate of the participants’ hair. If the price is met, they have their head shaved. If not, they get to keep their hair (but the bidding money still goes into the fundraising pot).

Last year's event raised more than $7000, which covered the costs for seven area children to attend Camp Quality over the summer. Click here to see a video clip from last year's Shear Madness event.

Shear Madness is sponsored by Students Take Action (STA), which was founded in 1998 by a group of dental students dedicated to compassion and comradeship through community service. STA volunteers participate in a variety of volunteer activities throughout the year.

About the UMKC School of Dentistry

The UMKC School of Dentistry originated in 1881 as the Kansas City Dental College. The name has changed and the school has grown and evolved into a multi-faceted institution, but it has maintained a tradition of excellence in education for over a century. The School offers a varied and complete range of educational experiences for students of dentistry and dental hygiene and for graduate and continuing education students. For more information about the UMKC School of Dentistry, visit You can also find the School of Dentistry on Facebook.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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