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March 5, 2014

Teacher loses locks for cure

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This Saturday’s event is being held at Helen Fitzgerald’s, a bar and grill in St. Louis. Hundreds of people will be getting their hair cut by volunteers from Great Clips.

“I read online you grow about 6 inches of hair in a year, so I guess it will be three years before mine grows back,” said Mason, who will also be celebrating her birthday Saturday.

“It will be a new beginning to my 29th year,” she said.

St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen and have grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases, firehouses and other places.

According to the organization’s web site, over $34 million was raised in 2013; and about $10.6 million has been raised so far in 2014.

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And, in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease — more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined, information states.

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