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People from all over Atlanta came together to raise money for childhood cancer research. More than 300 of them shaved their heads in solidarity with cancer patients.


ATLANTA, Ga. -- They're looking to raise almost $200,000, one buzz cut at a time.

11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross was at the Atlanta St. Baldrick's Day celebration where more than 300 people lost their locks to help raise money for child cancer research.

"Am I bald yet," asked Liz Kane.

A hairdresser at Van Michael Salon, Kane says her boyfriend convinced her to shave her head for the event.

"It's awesome, it feels amazing! And I won't have to do a lot tomorrow morning," she said.

She was one of the first up at the St. Baldrick's Celebration at RiRa Irish Pub in Midtown Thursday.

"It's an important cause, and why not,' she said.

Event organizers have hosted St. Baldrick's Day in Atlanta for the past five years, and say it's more important than ever to get people involved.

"Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer and 1 in 5 of those kids won't survive," said volunteer David Alexander.

He brought out six barbers and set up a mock barbershop right inside the pub.

"It's just a great, fun way to raise some money, and stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, who have no choice whether they'll be bald or not," he said.

Shaving up to 300 heads a night takes some skill.

"We try to go straight back, get the hair nice and even. Have to be careful around those ears, the tender skin," said Barber Jeff Cabral.

He says not everyone is excited to lose their locks.

"Sometimes they're a little afraid. If you stand up here, and you look, some of those faces ain't smiling," he said.

Right after people get their heads shaved, they come over for the before and after picture, and while they might not love they way they look in the after photo, everyone loves what this charity is all about.

The event at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Thursday surpassed their fundraising goal!

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