Doctors, researchers shave heads to raise funds, awareness of childhood cancer

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For the sixth year in a row hundreds gathered to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research in a unique way at an event by St. Baldrick’s on Sunday.

The fundraiser includes volunteers shaving all of the hair off their head for a good cause.

Last year the event raised more than $100,000.

The doctors that KHON2 spoke with at event say one of their favorite parts of this event is seeing their patients outside of the hospital.

The event was full of smiling and playing games, while helping to shave the heads of the people that are helping them through their battle with cancer.

For Dr. Darryl Glaser, a pediatric oncologist, St. Baldrick’s is about the small moments. Matty, who is now in remission after a three and a half year battle with lukemia got to give his doctor a big hug and see that losing your hair isn’t so bad.

“For me I like doing it because not only does it raise money for cancer research, but it also shows the children to be taking of that it’s okay,” said Dr. Glaser. “Yeah you have to lose your hair for a little while but you grows back and that’s not the biggest think the biggest thing is that you beat this and win this challenge.”

This is the sixth year St. Baldrick’s has helped raise money and awareness in Hawaii. With all of funds going to support the development of childhood cancer treatments, the event routinely raises north of $100,000.

“We started with really a tiny room here downstairs at Dave and Busters and immediately outgrew that within the first year we had to fill that room and actually made a lot of money we made $101,000 the first year,” said volunteer event organizer Dr. Jeremy Edwards.

For kids like Mattie, it’s a chance to see their doctors in a whole new light.

“It’s not just that he’s treating us in treating the kids but he’s there for them emotionally and he’s taking the plunge,” said Ken May, who’s son is in remission from Lukemia.

If you’d like to donate to St. Baldricks or want to sign up for next year’s event, click here to visit the foundation’s website.

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