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Men and women shave their heads for childhood cancer

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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Two by two, brave volunteers took a seat in barber chairs to have their heads shaved Saturday in Pascagoula. Kari Adcock, one of the women behind the event, said it all started last year after she read on Facebook that a friend of hers was shaving her head.

"I thought, 'Why in the world would she do that?'" Adcock recalled. "I clicked on the link and saw what they stood for and that they raise money for childhood cancer, which is severely under funded."

So for the second year in a row now, Adcock has shaved her head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

"As a parent and a nurse, you want to fix things. But there are some things you just can't fix," Adcock said.

More than a dozen others joined her in getting a new hairdo, including a mother and daughter.

"A friend of mine in my unit was diagnosed last year with cancer," Ozie Taylor said. "I can always grow my hair back, but she will always have that stigma with her about the cancer, and I'm just glad I can help in a little way."

As you can imagine, Taylor's daughter was a bit weary about shaving her head. But after recently finding out a friend's grandson was diagnosed with cancer, it made her decision much easier.

Alexandria Taylor Barial said, "Any way to show support to someone going through such a hard time is truly wonderful."

Thirteen-year-old Max Greenough shaved his head two years in a row for St. Baldrick's.

"My mom brought it up last year when I was getting my haircut and I thought it would be kind of fun. And everyone asked me why I was bald, and I told them for St. Baldrick's," Greenough said. "I raised $500 I think this year and $800 last year."

Adcock said, "It's not a small thing to shave your head for awareness, and I don't think words can express how much it means to me to see how it's grown."

And after all, Adcock admits it is not so bad to be bald.

"It's kind of liberating. I haven't used my blow dryer at all since March 16th of last year," Adcock said. "I think bald can be beautiful, too. And I think it's important that children see that and know just because they have to endure something that is awful, they can still be beautiful, too."

Of every dollar donated to St. Baldwick's, 82 percent goes to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

To learn more about the foundation, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/.

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