Going bald for a reason helps fund childhood cancer research

Going bald for a reason helps fund...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - For two years now, Maggie Schauer has been trying to build up the courage for this moment.

So when she finally decided to go under the clippers in support of kids with cancer, the experience was special.

UW-L's St. Baldricks event allows people in the area a chance to donate their hair to kids who are losing theirs during their cancer battles.

In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease and 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year around the world.

That's why Maggie and others like her, are choosing to chop their hair off for a cause.

"I've seen a lot of people in my life be affected by cancer and I wanted to do my part to help anyone in their journey."

Members with the La Crosse fire department also took part in the event. They say giving back to the community is done in several different ways.

"It ties us together you know you get an understanding, you get a perspective of what people you know that are suffering from cancer go through and just to see the amount of people here that help out with it you know and being a part of that too is important," said Adam Foley, engineer with the La Crosse Fire Department.

"The more and more money that we put into this research, the more and more it can help children get over and through this and I know that that has had a huge impact on me as a person."

Schauer says cutting 20 inches off her hair wasn't the easiest decision, but she hopes it will educate others about childhood cancer.

"I just want to get the word out and I feel like me having no hair will definitely do that."

So far the event raised nearly $9,000.

Event organizers say they hope to raise $16,000 for childhood cancer research this year.

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