Chicago area kids shave their heads for a great cause

What do you get when you combine St. Patrick with being bald from undergoing cancer treatment?

You get the St. Baldrick’s, a charitable foundation that raises money for kid’s cancer research.

Over the last decade our reporter Patrick Elwood has enlisted the help of Chicago area schools to be brave and go bald as part of his schools challenge.

Patrick reports from his kid’s schools in Evergreen Park where there was bald heads everywhere!

Don’t look now we are being invaded by some bald headed do folders.  In other words is St. Baldrick’s time again.

This is Southwest Elementary school in Evergreen Park.  Today it’s time to be brave and go bald to raise money to fight kid’s cancer.

Ninety two kids got clipped today.  And so did I along with my 7-year-old son Grady.  “I probably won’t need another one for 2 months no make it 6. You want to go all the way this year Grady?”  “Yes.”

Jill Sexton was on hand to watch her son Nolan get shaved again too.  “I was proud of him. This is the third year he’s done this.”

Since 2007 more than 30 kids have participated in our school’s challenge raising 8.5 million dollars.  That money goes to eight Chicago area hospitals for critical cancer research.

Up the street at Central Junior High more of the same.  Some pie throwing at teachers to raise a few more last minute bucks.  And my number son Marty, shaving again for the 7th time and got knighted.

Like many people involved in this cause for Central Principal Rita Sparks it’s personal.  “I’m doing this for a special little guy who passed away a few years ago.”

With an 81 percent cure rate progress has been made but more work is to be done. So, embrace the bald and remember, “Together, together, together, together, together. We can make a difference!”

For more information go to http://www.stbaldricks.org

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