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Students Shave Heads for Cancer ResearchSubmitted: 03/14/2013
Story By Lex Gray


TOMAHAWK - When you think of cancer, you probably think of hospitals, chemo, and going bald.

Thinking of that usually makes us sad, especially when it comes to kids.

But today in Tomahawk, a group of kids decided to embrace it and go joyfully bald.

Nine kids and two teachers from St. Mary's School in Tomahawk shaved their heads today.

They did it on behalf of St. Baldrick's, a national organization that raises money for childhood cancer research.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has raised over 100 million dollars.

These kids, who call themselves "St. Mary's Angels," wanted to add to that by $5,000 and they're almost there.

Fifth grader Jimmy Lee is the captain of the team. His mom, Rita Lee, and other teachers help out.

"It's very humbling to watch a group of kids who are ten years old and younger come together to do something like this," Rita said. "Even as adults, we feel like we can't really make a difference just one person. And they just proved to us that you really can."

Sixth-grader Peter Daigle got involved last year. That's when his great-aunt died of cancer.

"It was maybe a week before we were going to shave our head, and she passed. And so that really gave me a lot of courage to go up there and shave my head," he said. "This year, I just did it in remembrance of her and anybody who needs it."

Peter and Jimmy each raised almost $500. Altogether, the Angels raised almost $4,000. Their goal is $5,000.

If you'd like to donate, you can send a check to St Mary's School, 221 East Washington Avenue, Tomahawk, IW 54487.

You can also donate online by visiting the link below.

Related Weblinks:
St. Baldrick's Donation Page

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