Less hair, a lot of fun

March 5, 2013 —


There is a lot less hair on the heads of DMU students and staff after SOMA’s St. Baldrick’s Day event last Thursday. Our VIPs, James Yacko (facilities) and Laura Stearns (DO ’16), were the first to lose their locks for the cause. Following their lead, countless others shaved or donated their hair in the event that lasted the entire afternoon.

It was such a fun event, and so many from the campus and community participated. In all, our DMU event has raised $19,901! That’s almost double our $10,000 goal! A super big thank you to all the hair donors and shavees, everyone who raised funds, and all those who donated. It was a great event, but the best part is the awareness that was raised about childhood cancer and the money that was raised to support research.

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Denni grew up in Des Moines, before moving to the Southeast with her family where she completed a degree in biology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While she embraced the beauty and slower pace of the South, she is more than happy to be back in Des Moines for a short while.

Denni has been married to her high-school sweetheart, David, for seven years. They have two energetic little red-heads, Matthew (7) and Alexa (3). They keep her on her toes and have certainly taught her to be flexible and roll with the punches! Denni enjoys spending time outdoors with her kids and husband, watching football, and spending as much cuddle time with her munchkins as possible!