Going Bald for a Cure

By: Kristina Szews Email
By: Kristina Szews Email

A World Wide charity is causing many area residents to, believe it or not, lose their hair.

Area residents went bald for a cure at the Stoney Creek inn in Rothschild today.

It's a clip and a snip and all the sudden these volunteers are bald.

St. Baldrick's’s is the world's largest volunteer driven fundraiser and with participation from men, women, and children willing to shave their there heads, they all say it’s worth it and they are all here for the same reason.

Event Organizer Beth Sweeney says, “Its a coming together of the Wausau community showing the Wausau area kids with cancer that we care about them."

Sweeney says events like the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser helped her get the support she needed when her ten year old son was treated for cancer.

Foundation Supporter Connie DeBell says "Parents are survivors just like kids are too because it takes a lot for the family as a whole go through this ordeal all together."

"we also have made so many connections and personal ties with friends with in the childhood cancer community," says Sweeney.

Seeing both young and old shave their heads in support of little ones suffering from cancer is proving to be an inspiration to others who say they want to do more than just volunteer their time.

Volunteer Matt Rokowski says "I think that I didn't’t do enough with not getting my head shaved and I really think I should next year.”

Especially since coping with childhood cancer is something Rokowski is all too familiar with.

Rokowski’s brother Matt shaved his head in support of their younger brother who did not win the battle with Cancer, he says, “I'm mostly here because my brother Kyle died of cancer, and I wanted to shave my head for him”.

Of course, with the goal of raising money for cancer research so other children don't have to go through what he and his brother did.

Event organizers say their goal was to raise one hundred thousand dollars today to go toward cancer research and that that goal was far exceeded was their goal of having 100 people shave their heads.

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