WGN reporter, others take St. Baldrick’s Challenge to help fund pediatric cancer

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CHICAGO - The sound of bagpipes and the hum of clippers can be heard throughout the Chicago area today as do-gooders raise money and awareness to help fund pediatric cancer research.

It's all part of the St. Baldrick's Challenge.  People raise money by getting their head shaved, in honor of cancer patients.  The money raised goes to hundreds of oncology hospitals throughout the U.S. and eight hospitals here in Chicago and the suburbs.

Thirteen-year-old Kallista Elwood had a brain tumor removed at children's Lurie on April 16, 2015.   That's one of the hospitals that gets St Baldrick's money.   Her tumor was benign and she's doing great.

Paula Gray said her son Emmitt was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma when he was five.  Today he is free and clear of cancer!

"That was the scariest day in my life when we got his diagnosis.  I'm so thankful to where we are now," said Gray.