St. Baldrick’s Challenge raises $500K for cancer research

CHICAGO — Hundreds of people went cause for a good cause Friday as part of the St. Baldrick's Challenge, where volunteers of all ages shave their heads in solidarity with children fighting cancer.

In the 14 years since the campaign launched, participants have raised almost $15 million, WGN's Patrick Elwood reported Friday. Twenty-five Chicago-area schools participated this year, raising over $500,000 by Friday morning.

That cash will support cancer research at eight local hospitals. With an 80-percent cure rate, there's more left to do in fighting cancer, participants said. You can see photos of some participants in the gallery below.