Nearly 100 adults and children braved a razor to have their heads shaved recently at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, in the Ascension Texas Ministry Market, to support pediatric cancer research.
The head-shaving fundraiser benefitted the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a "volunteer-powered charity" that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government, according to its website.
The Children's Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children's has received $150,000 in grants from St. Baldrick's since it first participated in the fundraiser 12 years ago. The grants have helped support pediatric oncology research at Dell Children's, as well as a new database and new infusion chairs for patients. There are currently 87 pediatric oncology studies ongoing at Dell Children's.
Participants in the head-shaving event included cancer patients, cancer survivors, family and friends who lost a child to cancer, and volunteers who chose to cut their hair for a good cause. The free family event included food, children's activities and resources from community organizations.
Pictured: Matt Smith (Georgia Moore's art teacher at Ann Richards), Ezra Morales (friend), Georgia Moore and Georgia’s granddad, John Hunt. Georgia shaved her head in celebration of reaching the five-year anniversary of beating childhood leukemia.