Local Volunteers Shave Their Heads to Support Childhood Cancer Research

The men and women of the Weston Fire Department are sporting new hairdos and they're not the only ones. Kids, teens and adults from throughout the community gathered at the Weston Fire Department Saturday to shave their heads for kids with cancer.

"They're so young. It's not fair," Weston Fire Department EMT Josh Baraonwski lamented.

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. A startling statistic that inspired Baraonwski to go bald.

"It gives me a good sense of pride, knowing the fellow firefighters and people I work side by side with that, you know, they will step up and do this as well," he told NewsChannel 7.

Baraonwski and other people from his department traded their hair for donations to St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

"Cancer is not something fun to have," participant Jack Zamzow shared.

Zamzow would know. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, or tumors of nerve tissue, when he was only two years old. Zamzow is now ten and cancer free. Saturday was his sixth time shaving his head.

"I thought it was just a good way to give back to the people who do have cancer," Zamzow explained.

So did the 20 other people who had their heads shaved, including 16-year old Eleanor Mutschlecner and 15-year old Emilie Demaio.

"It turned out to be a lot cooler than I thought it would be. It was like, oh my God I'm shaving my head. I'm giving my hair to cancer patients. It was really cool," Demaio shared.

"I want people to be like, 'Whoa! She's bald. What's going on?' And then I'm going to be like... every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Like get the facts out and everything," friend Mutschlecner added.

"Hair always grows back, like no matter what. But then you look at kids who are on chemo and it's like, they don't have hair and it's like yours is going to grow back so minus well give it to them so they can have hair too," Demaio said.

Together the girls raised more than $700 for kids like Zamzow, who's hoping his bald head will remind people how important childhood cancer research really is.

"Otherwise that would be a whole bunch of kids that wouldn't make it in life unless you donate money to get more cures for cancer," Zamzow explained.

In addition to the 20 people who had their heads shaved Saturday, ten kids from St. Mary's School in Tomahawk shaved their heads earlier this week and donated the money they raised to the fire department's cause.

The Weston Fire Department's goal was to raise $5,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation. They tell NewsChannel 7 they met and exceeded that goal.

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