Charity event "goes bald" for childhood cancers

"It's symbolic of the children who lose their hair from the chemo," said Event Organizer Bailey McClellan.
"It's symbolic of the children who lose their hair from the chemo," said Event Organizer Bailey McClellan.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Next weekend in Cape Girardeau there will be a special event to raise money for St. Baldrick's foundation, a charity that raises money to help fight childhood cancers.

The big draw is that, men, women and children actually shave their heads.

"It's symbolic of the children who lose their hair from the chemo," said Event Organizer Bailey McClellan.  "There are other ways to give and show support.  Or, just come out and celebrate us trying to do a good thing."

Last year the event raised $10,000.

The 2nd annual event is April 16, 2011 at Buckner Brewing Company in Cape Girardeau.

The charity event begins at 3 p.m.

This year, the event will honor young Abby Jensen of Oakridge who continues to fight against a rare brain tumor.

According to the St. Baldrick's Foundation website, "From 2000 to 2009, over 108,000 shavees, with more than 8,600 being women, have shaved their heads at over 2,500 St. Baldrick's events, raising more than $69,000,000 with head-shavings in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries."

Holly Brantley and Crystal Britt with Heartland News will emcee this event.

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