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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Bald is beautiful.
Fifty students and teachers shaved their heads at the Hofstra University Student Center to show solidarity and support for children fighting cancer.
“Cancer has hit so many people…in many ways over the years and this is one way to kind of give back, as little as this is, it’s something to give back and to demonstrate that there is an ongoing global struggle against cancer,” communications teacher Mario Murillo said.
Participants had asked friends and family to help them raise money and in return for the donations they shaved their heads.
Student Rachel Mogil said she will be donating her hair to the charity Locks of Love for the third time in memory of a high school friend who lost her battle with cancer, according to a press release.
“She ended up losing her hair from chemo, and I thought then that I’d donate my hair so that it could go to someone who needed it more than I did,” Mogil said. “I felt that, even if I couldn’t personally help her in that way, I might be able to help someone else. After she passed, I decided I’d make it one of the things I continued to do as a way to give back.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation sponsored Wednesday’s event which will raise funds for childhood cancer research. They hope to top last year’s donations which reached $20,000.