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Volunteers shaving their head for pediatric cancer

Posted at 8:34 AM, Jul 19, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Twenty volunteers will go bald today in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, to let cancer patients and survivors know they are not alone.

Each volunteer is raising money to support pediatric cancer research, including research done at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

According to St. Baldrick’s, only four percent of federal funding in the United States is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. This event aims to raise money to close that gap and to raise awareness about the lack of funding for pediatric cancer. Last year, UNMC raised about $16,500, bringing the overall total to more than $110,000 since the hospital began participating in the event twelve years ago.

This year’s fundraising amount will be announced at the end of the event.