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Students shave their heads for cancer research

Posted at 4:35 AM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 21:09:54-05

Hundreds of high school students in Colorado Springs are shaving their heads as part of Bald for Bucks. They’re raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

We caught up with one student, who started it all off.

Senior Christian Grantham was the very first of 350 students to shave his head for this great cause.

“Hair is a really important thing for them and seeing them sacrifice that in order to spread awareness is really impactful,” said Christian.

This year’s assembly is in honor of Maddie, who is currently battling cancer. Maddie personally chose this year’s theme of Lego Harry Potter.

“There’s not a lot that we can do to feel what they feel, but shaving our heads and cutting our hair is a way that we can get on their level,” said Senior Cassidy Swart.

The tradition started over 10 years ago, when a Rampart teacher was battling cancer.

“It’s definitely an emotional day for a lot of people,” added Christian.

Still each year hundreds ban together to raise money and hope and remind them they’re not alone in their struggle.

“They’re just so excited about seeing it,” said Christian.

Last year students raised over $100,000 and they want to match that this year​! You can donate here.