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20th St. Baldrick’s Day head shaving fundraiser held at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Buzz cuts to beat cancer.

“Everybody thinks the stigma of just getting your head shaved. That’s nothing compared to what these kids go through,” Kevin Bane, a 12-time participant of getting his head shaved, said.

From long hair to green hair, more than 100 people shaved it all off as a fundraiser to battle pediatric cancer.

“It’s just an incredible feeling to watch everybody being so generous with their money and time and their looks, really. And we say, it’s not about what’s up here, it’s about what’s in here. So it’s all about what’s in your heart, and that’s what’s really showing today is what a great heart Syracuse has,” Betsy Hennessy, a mother of a cancer survivor, said after getting her head shaved for the fourth time.

It’s Syracuse’s generous heart that has helped raise millions in donations to St. Baldrick’s.

Sue Kline has raised around $15,000 in the 19 years that she’s shaved her head in a chair at the pub in honor of her granddaughter, who is a cancer survivor.

“I think the community all comes together for the kids. I mean they know that, especially when you see pictures of the angels and you hear the stories of what they went through and what the parents went through. I think it’s something everybody feels they can do a little something to help out,” Kline explained.

And what else does the event bring?

“I hope people realize there’s hope, and that eventually, we’re going to find something. I mean look, we had a vaccine for COVID. There’s got to be something for childhood cancer,” Kline added.

Funding research for a cure one shaved head at a time.

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