Our Story

Our Story

Judah Ferst, founder of Buzzing for Change and The Buzzing for Change Foundation, lost his mother at the age of 15 to cancer. Out of a need to honor her memory, he and a few college friends started Buzzing for Change (B4C) at The George Washington University in 2002.  Several years later, in 2006, they came together to discuss how to bring B4C to other campuses and The Buzzing for Change Foundation was born.  The mission of the Buzzing for Change Foundation is to improve the lives of children living with cancer, while educating and engaging collegiate communities, developing strong student leaders and inspiring action through participation.  We do this by empowering college students to run annual B4C events where individuals participate through recruiting sponsorship for shaving their heads and, or, cutting their hair to make wigs for children who have lost their hair to disease. Over the past seven years we have shaved over 1,000 heads through events on five campuses and raised over $110,000 for various children’s cancer charities (more information on our statistics is here).

We desire for everyone to view themselves as change agents and ask the question, “If these individuals are able to create change, how can I?” The quote below really epitomizes how we view the work we do:

“With Buzzing for change I think of participants being on a "Journey of Change." There are people who participate in our events who have raised thousands of dollars for other causes and may have done many walk-a-thons - some who have even organized fundraising or volunteer events of their own. On the other hand, there are participants that get involved in Buzzing for Change having never volunteered or raised money for a cause. They may become involved because they recently lost a loved one to cancer, or because their friends are doing it, or because of one of hundreds of other reasons. It is our hope that, no matter where B4C fits in as part of your journey of change, you take a minute to reflect on how it affects you and how it may help determine that next step in your journey."

-Judah Ferst
President and Founder
The Buzzing for Change Foundation

Please join in our vision by participating in a program, donating, by starting a program at your school or by getting involved with The Buzzing for Change Foundation.