Hundreds go bald for charity

February 25, 2012 4:49:22 PM PST
Hundreds of people gathered in Raleigh Saturday to take part in one of the largest annual fundraisers in the world for childhood cancer research.

The Hibernian Pub hosted their annual St. Baldrick's event, in which participants raise money for the cause, then shave their heads to show support for the children. This year, 240 people went bald to show their support for the children.

"Most of my patients are bald so I decided to be like them," Duke cancer nurse Kacie Mintz said. "They tend to respect the nurses and the medical staff more when we put ourselves in their shoes."

Since 2005, the organization has funded more than $78 million worth of grants and projects to help in the fight against cancer. More than 1,000 heads have been buzzed at the Hibernian alone, raising over $1 million for charity.

Worldwide more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. It is the leading deadly disease among children in the United States.

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