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Woman shaves head to bring awareness to childhood cancer

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

One by one, adults and kids lined up taking turns to shave a woman's head in Jackson on Saturday at the Cutting Edge Salon and Spa.

This is all part of raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer for St. Baldrick's.

Andrea Allstun of Jackson decided in March to help out the children who are or will be impacted by cancer.

She set a goal to raise $8,000 for St. Baldrick's.

On Saturday morning, just before her head was shaved, she surpassed that goal. 

"Unfortunately, it's underfunded. It's not rare (childhood cancer), you hear that a lot that it is rare," Allstun said.

"Part of the problem is there's not a lot of funding."

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a charity that provides funding to research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. 

For the community of Jackson, they have been impacted with several families that have had children die of cancer.

It's something many here in Jackson have been aware of over the past several years. 

"Wyatt Glastetter, he passed away. I went to school with his mother. And I have been following his journey from day one," Allstun said.

"I just realized, I have three kids, healthy kids. But the day before he was diagnosed, he was healthy also."

Allstun says it can happen fast and wants to be a part of helping find a cure for childhood cancers. 

"Going Gold" is the theme of some shirts designed for Allstuns' journey throughout the months.

T-shirts were made and proudly worn by many of her supporters at the Cutting Edge Salon and Spa.

Many also had written "Go Gold" on their vehicles that were parked in the parking lot, with children wearing shirts to school to show support as well. 

Allstun picked this month to shave her head because September is childhood awareness month. 

Allstun says she hopes others will get inspired to help raise funds and awareness for childhood cancers as well.

She feels if more people do their part to help out now, this will continue to help the children of the present and future.

Allstun hopes more funding will be available so people won't have to endure the loss of their children to cancer anymore.

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