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Volunteers shave heads, raise money for childhood cancer

April 12, 2013|by Jessica Reber | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — It's not the typical buzz you would expect to see outside a sports bar.

More than 40 people lost their locks to raise awareness for childhood cancer. NetApp employees teamed up with Larry Bud's Sports Bar and Grill for a fundraiser to support St. Baldrick's foundation.

Kristena Hoover was one of nine woman who volunteered to donate her hair. She helped raise $2,000 for the foundation.

"Little kids everyday loose their hair in a fight against a disease they don't deserve," she said. "So it really feels insignificant shaving my hair off by my own choice."

Hoover said it's heartbreaking that her hair will start to grow back immediately. She started crying when a young cancer patient met her on stage to say thank you.

"It makes it worth it," Hoover said. "People are beautiful with or without hair." 

Wichita NetApp employees raised more than $47,000 for St. Baldrick's last year, and hope to exceed that total in 2013. Worldwide, about 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Volunteers shave heads for childhood cancer
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