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Local restaurant owner shaves head for friend diagnosed with cancerSubmitted: 10/20/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - A pair of Rhinelander women shaved their hair Saturday to help raise money for a friend diagnosed with brain cancer.

Sue Wege runs the Sportsman's Cafe in Rhinelander.

Her friend Chris Bennett was diagnosed with brain and other types of cancer just a few weeks ago.

That's when she started to look around.

"We found that several of our other friends and some of my customers as well at the Sportsman's also had cancer," Wege said. "We decided to team up with American Cancer Society and put together the benefit."

Wege was one of two women to shave their heads. They thought it would be a great way to support their friend. She says it's different, but she's glad she let her hair go.

"Shaving all of my hair is one of the craziest things I have ever done," Wege said. "But then again it's all worth it in the end, so you know it's for a good cause."

All of the money raised at the event will go to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and Chris Bennett.




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