University of Central Florida students will shave their heads this week in an effort to stand in solidarity with children facing cancer.

The effort is coordinated by the student group St. Baldrick’s Knights, a branch of the national volunteer-driven charity St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The organization is dedicated to funding research to find cures for childhood cancer and to giving survivors long and healthy lives.

The UCF event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, on the patio in front of the Student Union. The electric razors will come out around noon, and more than 12 students have already signed up to have their heads shaved.

St. Baldrick’s Knights was developed as part of a leadership class challenge to create social change. The group believes that asking volunteers to shave their heads will unite them with children battling cancer and bring attention to the importance of funding research for the disease.

Wigs for Kids, a national effort that creates wigs for children suffering from hair loss, also will accept donations of hair 12-inches or longer Friday.

Haircut registration is online at, and open haircuts will be available from 2:30 to 4 p.m.