Dozens 'geaux bald' to raise awareness for childhood cancer

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A combination of more than 30 LSU medical students, residents, community members and doctors will get haircuts Friday they'll likely remember forever.

Friday afternoon marks "Shave Day" for the LSUHSC chapter of St. Baldrick's, an organization which raises money and awareness for childhood cancer.

James Robinson is a first year LSU medical student and is braving the shave for someone irreplaceable in his life.

"I have three younger sisters," said Robinson. "The middle one, Helen, had AML leukemia."

Helen was less than 2-years-old when she underwent six months of treatment at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.

"She's one of the happiest people on the planet and it inspires you to tackle whatever you have to go through in life," said Robinson. "As such a young kid, I didn't really understand the gravity of what Helen was going through."

Fortunately, Helen has been in remission for almost 20 years. But, the strength she showed on a daily basis during her cancer is what Robinson aims to emulate daily.

"If she can do that then certainly I can study for this test or overcome whatever little things I'm going through in life," said Robinson.

Robinson said his drive to go bald in honor of Helen's fight is a testament to her enduring strength, compassion and unconditionally loving spirit.

"It should motivate people to take on whatever obstacles they're facing in life, hopefully with new vigor," said Robinson. "This is a very physical reminder not only for her, but for all the children out there."

According to St. Baldrick's, only 4 percent of federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research.

Organizers are looking to raise $60,000. So far, they've garnered close to $45,000 in donations, but expect to exceed well over $50,000.

If you'd like to make a donation on behalf of the LSUHSC chapter of St. Baldrick's, click here.

Locks sheared off from some participants will be donated, as well.

After the shave, the community is invited to head over to Twisted Root on Line for dinner. Mention "Geaux Bald" when checking out to have 20 percent of your purchase donated to St. Baldrick's.

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