An Antigo family is sporting new hairdos after deciding to go bald to raise money for cancer research.
Jill, Pete and Abi Lewandowski are taking fundraising to new, hair-raising levels. Each family member set a fundraising goal to raise money for their Relay for Life team. If they met their goal, they promised to go bald. Friday they did just that.
"Excited. Excited. I'm really glad to be able to do this," Jill Lewandowksi replied when NewsChannel 7 asked her how she was feeling just moments before getting her head shaved.
Jill's sixth grade daughter, Abi, was a bit more nervous.
"I'm a little nervous, but I'm really happy that my school made this money and that I can do this to show my appreciation," she said.
Although husband and dad, Pete, admitted it was probably less daunting for him to shave his head he's still glad he could participate.
"If this is what it takes to eventually hopefully find a cure then here we go."
Finding a cure for cancer is a mission that, for the Lewandowski family, is very personal. Jill's mother, Abi's grandmother, passed away four years ago after battling ovarian cancer.
"My grandma had not only lost her hair, but lost her life to cancer. So that was kind of what pushed me to do this the most," Abi explained.
Their motivation pushed others as well, like Abi's teacher who shaved her head too. Abi's godmother, a cancer survivor, was also motivated to participate, helping shave Abi's head.
As the hair came off, out came the emotions.
"I was remembering a lot about my mom," Jill said choking back tears.
When all was said and done, however, Jill, Pete and Abi were more than happy with their decision to go bald for a cause.
When asked if she still felt beautiful after shaving her head Abi answered, "Yea I do because even with my godmother, when she lost her hair, she was still beautiful and that makes me think that I'm still beautiful."
Together, the family raised more than $1,800 for cancer research.
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