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University of Iowa News Release

March 16, 2006

'Balding For Kids' Cancer Event To Benefit Children's Hospital of Iowa

Participants in the Balding for Kids' Cancer event March l8 at Paulie's Place in Waterloo will not only benefit pediatric oncology patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, but will also attain the smooth and cool look of the famed shaven scalps of Yul Brenner, Telly Savalas and Michael Jordan.

Organizer Tara Kearney-Lopez said the fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. She is recruiting "shavees" who will gather pledges to shave their heads for kids with cancer.

"I'm happy to shave my head," said Tara's dad, Mike Kearney. "So many kids go through the devastation of cancer, and the baldness can be very scary." Kearney's granddaughter, Cecilia, is a cancer survivor.

"Cecilia has a year-and-a-half to be truly considered cancer-free, however as her mom, I'm counting on a full recovery," said Kearney-Lopez.

One of the most prominent "shavees" will be Sue O'Dorisio, M.D., a pediatric oncologist with Children's Hospital of Iowa. O'Dorisio, UI professor of pediatrics and a specialist in caring for children with cancer, will go bald at 6:30 p.m.

"I'm always impressed by the courage of kids and their families as they face cancer," O'Dorisio said. "I am doing this so I can honor and support them in their journeys as they receive treatment and recover from cancer."

About 50 new cases of pediatric cancer are diagnosed each year at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The event is in memory of Brady Dove of Dike, Iowa, and in honor of Cecilia Lopez.

"Pediatric cancer research is most important to families with cancer. We want to spare other families from the pain of cancer," Kearney-Lopez said.

If you are interested in joining the fun, call Kearney-Lopez at 3l9-404-8381 or e-mail her at

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.3 billion for children's hospitals. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Miracle Network funds support Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

If you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum, Michelle Altmaier or Morgan Rohrbach at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more online at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Program: Tara Kearney-Lopez, 319-404-8381,