Rainbow Staff Goes Bald for a Cause

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CLEVELAND -- Shaving your head was all the rage as doctors, nurses and volunteers at a local hospital got their hair clipped to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Clippers were working overtime at the St. Baldrick's fundraiser at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

A 10-year-old girl and her family from Chesterland all went bald for the cause.

"I'm here to help fight children's cancer because most kids die and I want to help that to stop," said Lindsey Askew of Chesterland.

Cari Ross, Fox 8's Enrique Correa and Cathy Richer pause for a picture at Team Rainbow's St. Baldrick's Day event.

Cari Ross, Fox 8's Enrique Correa and Cathy Richer pause for a picture at Team Rainbow's St. Baldrick's Day event.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation was started New York City and was brought to Cleveland after Cathy Richer's son became ill with cancer and now he's doing well.

The head shaving event has been held all over the world and has become vital in the fight against childhood cancer.

"Pediatric cancer is allotted, really only about four percent of the budget that goes to cancer research from the federal government, and so the Baldrick's Foundation is the largest source of funding resources for pediatric cancer research," explained Cathy Richer of the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Jeremy Willets and his father-in-law shaved their heads for the cause.

Jeremy's 7-month-old daughter Cordelia was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma but now she's cancer-free and will be going home soon.

Willets says shaving his head is the least he could do to give back.

"I think the fact that people are here is great and I think that this hospital is great and the research that St. Baldrick's funds and the dollars that they collect go right to this hospital, it not only funds positions here but funds research grants, and without research like this my daughter wouldn't be alive," Willets, of Cleveland Heights, said.

Last year, St. Baldrick's Cleveland raised over $250,000 for their foundation and this year they are hoping to raise more than $500,000.

If you would like more information on how to donate or take part in the St. Baldrick's event, click here.