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St. Baldrick's Foundation hosts Shave-a-Thon to raise money for research on childhood cancer

Hundreds of people in our community came out to support a five year old girl named Carolyn.

Last year, Carolyn Hendrix was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of Bone Cancer.

Dozens of people shaved their heads as a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity that funds research to find cures for childhood cancers.

"When we found out Carolyn had cancer, we couldn't change that, but we took the approach that we could change it for someone else in the future", says Carolyn's dad, Jeff Hendrix.

A year ago, five year old Carolyn Hendrix was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.

Since then, Carolyn has gone through seventeen rounds of chemotherapy.

She now has no evidence of the cancer.

"She's got the all clear. Hopefully we are getting our life back together now" says Hendrix.

In an effort to help others, the family has partnered up with St. Baldrick's Foundation- an organization that raises money for research looking to cure childhood cancer.

The Shave-A-Thon is is a fundraiser where all proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

More than 200 people sat under the buzzer and watched as clumps of their own hair fell to the ground.

"Not having hair, especially for a female, is a bit of a challenge, but I'm looking forward to how it grows out", says Elise Dawson.

"It's absolutely amazing, exhilarating, a rush. It feels so good to be a part of such a good cause", says Amanda Hicks, who was busy buzzing off several head of hair Sunday afternoon.

Full heads of hair and even some beards were no match for some community members' desire to support Carolyn and other children who have fought cancer.

"It's a little sad, but it's for a good cause" says John Cothern.

Cothern has been growing his beard out since October, and says now that it's gone, he's experiencing some separation anxiety.

"When I stood up, I went to think, cause that's how I thought, was to stroke my beard and it wasn't there", says Cothern.

Participants were more than happy to give their hair to raise money and awareness for a good cause.
 
"It's so simple, and my hair will grow back. It's just hair", says Elise Dawson.

Click Here for more in formation on St. Baldrick's Foundation, and to donate.