Last Saturday, July 21st, over six hundred families rallied together in the morning for a “reunion” in front of the Randall Children’s Hospital. Each family had surrendered a newly-born family member to the neonatal intensive care unit in the hopes of saving a loved one’s life. Now, whether they had visited the NICU several months ago or many years ago, all gathered together to celebrate life with music and other activities.

Another event took place in front of Randall Children’s Hospital later that day to raise money for cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The event, titled “Shave to Save a Life,” gathered together current and former patients, families, staff, and friends to shave heads to raise awareness and money for the cause. A diverse crowd offered up their hair for the cause, including young children, teens, and adults from all walks of life. The foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other private organization in the United States.

View an article on Fox12 Oregon for more information, pictures, and videos of the two events.

Helen Cook is a current honors student at Benedictine College, where she is studying History with a minor in Theology. She is heavily active in student life, participating in three music ensembles as a violinist and leading Ravens Respect Life as president. When she is not busy with school and student life activities, she is found reading the many classical works of literature.