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Foster raises cancer awareness

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

2007 Elsberry graduate, Hannah Foster, is doing her part in helping those ailed with cancer.

After graduating EHS, Foster headed out of state to the University of Central Arkansas. Foster would spend one-year there until she decided she wanted to come back home to Elsberry. She took a few classes at St. Charles Community College until she was able to start the Occupational Therapy Program at Maryville University St. Louis, where she is now a registered nurse and works in the admissions department. However, she still spends her summers and spring breaks in Elsberry.

In collaboration with Maryville University, Foster is shaving her head to help raise money for a cure on April 5, at the “Maryville Kicks Cancer” event. All proceeds will be donated to two charities: The American Cancer Society and Kids Rock Cancer.

“At this event survivors and supporters can come together to bond acknowledge, contribute and support one another,” stated Foster. “Many people on campus are forming teams in order to fundraise for the event and my team is called ‘The Life Shavers.’”

Foster said it was the acts of another that inspired her to do something so drastic. According to her, a girl she works with raised over $5,000 when she shaved her head for “Saint Baldrick’s Day.”

“I just thought that was the most remarkable thing I had ever heard,” said Foster. “I thought it would be a great thing for me to do because I’ve known people who have suffered with cancer, especially being from Elsberry. If a person gets sick, everyone knows it and you just never know what to say or what to do, so I thought this would be a great thing for me to do.”

In addition to what inspired her, Foster said she had two family members who were diagnosed in the past two years and she is really hoping her actions speak louder than her words. Right now Foster has a team of 10 attending the event and 20 on hand. Her goal is to raise $3,000 to put towards the event and she is also donating her hair to Locks of Love.

The event will take place on April 5 at Maryville University starting at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight. It’s $15 for adults, $10 for students and children 12-years-old and under.

Anyone wanting to donate can contact Foster directly at They can also log on to http://maryvilleedu/kickcancer and register to attend the event or donate as a nonparticipant. However, Foster asked for anyone that would like to attend please select team “Life Shaver.” Those interested can also go to any Peoples Bank & Trust location and make a deposit to the Life Shavers account, but if depositing a check directly in the account to make it payable to Hannah Foster and place “Maryville Kicks Cancer” in the memo line.

“Any contribution can and will help,” said Foster. “Maryville is funding this event so every penny will be split between the two foundations.”

What is Kids Rock?

Kids Rock Cancer is a program started by the Music Therapy program at Maryville University. The healing power of music therapy is brought to children at local hospitals free of charge. The children are allowed to write and sing their own songs with the help of a certified music therapist. These songs allow the child to express their emotions in a way they may not have been able to before. Once their song has been completed, they are given a copy of their song on a CD.

Article courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat