May 1, 2017 - Bald is beautiful: Dozens shave heads to support childhood cancer research
USA Children's & Women's Hospital employees Jay Miller and Amy Cotton braved the shave during St. Baldrick's for Aiden on April 30, 2017, in Mobile, Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. - Thirty-four adults and children -- including some Storm Troopers and Boy Scouts -- shaved their heads Sunday, April 30 to support childhood cancer research during St. Baldrick's for Aiden at USA Children's & Women's Hospital.
Donations collected from those who braved the buzz cuts totaled more than $10,000.
The event was held in memory of Aiden Bonner, a little boy who lost an 18-month battle with a rare form of cancer. His family hosted the fundraiser where Aiden's little brother, his father and members of his Boy Scout troop had their heads shaved by local stylists and barbers from businesses on both sides of Mobile Bay.
Father and daughter Morgan and Matthew Simon of Mobile shaved their heads on Sunday in Aiden's memory and to support other children battling the disease. Madalyn McCormick, an Auburn University student and Baldwin County resident, shaved the first head of the afternoon, Aiden's younger brother Evan. McCormick, a former cancer patient, shaved her own head a few days before the event.
Every three minutes somwhere in the world, a child is diagnosed with cancer, according to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. While success rates for treating many childhood cancers have dramatically improved in the last 50 years, there are still miles to go when it comes to funding research.
Evan Bonner, whose brother died from a rare form of cancer, gets his head shaved to help raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research on Sunday, April 30 in Mobile. Auburn University student and Baldwin County resident Madalyn McCormick shaved the little boy's head.