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.
NORTHWOODS - Next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes for a lifetime.
It's never safe to look directly at the sun's rays, even though there will be a partial eclipse here in the Northwoods.
Regular sunglasses won't protect you, so if you plan to view the solar eclipse you need special solar eclipse sunglasses.
Those glasses are one size fits all, so it's important to check they are snug on your child's head, too.
Kids are curious, and may want to fixate on the crescent beam of light.
"We know children are going to want to peek over the top and in just 20 to 30 seconds they could be doing damage to their eye, " says Dr. Jill Redman.
The solar eclipse light is not as intense as regular sunlight.
You won't actually feel the damage being done until the next day because the reflex to turn away won't be there.
"Missing blurry vision and central vision. Afterwards you could have light sensitivity. You could also have watering eyes. But some of the damage with maculopathy can be permanent," says Dr. Ben Redman.
Dr. Ben says if you don't have those special solar glasses, the safest option is to avoid it entirely and watch online.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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