MEDIA ADVISORY: NCH's Cancer Chief to Shave Head Saturday

March 13, 2010

Dr. Thomas Gross, Chief of Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to Have Head, Beard Shaved at St. Baldrick’s Event Saturday

Saturday, March 13, 2010
2:30 p.m. – media opportunity – scheduled ‘shave time’ for Dr. Gross

Fado Irish Pub at Easton
4022 Townsfair Way
Columbus, OH 43219   
(614) 418-0066
*Note: Allow time for potential heavy traffic and parking

Thomas Gross, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, presented a challenge to his staff – raise $10,000 for this year’s St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, and I’ll shave my head and beard at the March 13 celebration. To some, this may not seem like a big deal. But, to the employees and patients of a man who has had a full-grown beard and head of hair since the mid 80’s, it is.

Sarah Starner, 19, of Logan, Ohio, will make the first ceremonial clips on Dr. Gross. Designated barbers will finish up the job she starts. Starner, a freshman at Denison University, is a patient of Dr. Gross’ at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003, and since then has undergone two bone marrow transplants.

Starner is one of 160,000 heroic children who are diagnosed with cancer each year. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. Participants at the event find that shaving their head in solidarity with these children is a small sacrifice in comparison to what they and their families endure.


Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Marketing and Public Relations
(614) 355-0495

Micah Skeens
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant
(614) 940-8137

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at