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Brave Shaving To Support Cancer Research For Kids

Posted: March 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Sarah Cooper and her mom prior to shaving their heads in a cancer fundraiser. Courtesy photo

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I’m a local 7th grader who attends Rio Norte junior high school and I am 13 years old.

I participated in a program - St. Baldrick’s Foundation - to raise money for cancer research for children. Helping meant raising money, but also shaving my head.

I was very nervous and excited.

My initial goal was to raise $1,000. After some assistance from some family members, I reached my goal within 20 hours through social media.

My mom then upped the ante by telling me if I could reach a new goal of $3,000 she would shave her hair as well. Well, I reached it.

Every penny goes to cancer research and by shaving my head I showed awareness.

I shaved my head on March 15at Fire station 89 in North Hollywood in the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.

Many people said I was crazy for shaving my head, that I don’t know anybody with cancer. But, my grandpa had lung cancer which is now in remission.

Hair is hair and it grows back. All of a sudden just because I have a bald head doesn’t make me different. I’m a simple girl, who just wants people to be aware that cancer affects everyone at some point in their lives – yes, even innocent children.

This could have been me fighting this disease. I will take the teasing and name calling for having a bald head, but that’s nothing compared to what these kids who really have cancer go through on a daily basis.

Editor’s Note: An employee of the school tipped us off to Sarah’s brave efforts on behalf of kids with cancer. Sarah gladly shared the information with us and even sent us before and after photos of herself.


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