Lynchburg, VA- There was hair flying all over the place Friday night at Lynchburg College, for a special event. Dozens of people shaved their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
The charity funds research to help find cures for kids with cancer, and some brave women lost some long locks for the cause. They also raised more than $10,000.
Most people took the plunge because they've known someone who's had cancer. Others joined the cause because of a story we shared about a special little boy.
"We've never had the opportunity to have an honorary family or kid here. So having Nathan here is just something really special," said Erin Eagem, Event Coordinator for LC's St. Baldrick's Fundraiser.
Lynchburg College has a soft spot for Nathan Norman. They've already made him an honorary hornet on the baseball team, of which many players are now sporting a new do.
"I think it really makes people have a person to see, um, somebody who's going through it right now. So they can connect a real face, a real warm child body to the experience," said Eagem.
Eagem says this year has been their most successful so far. With 43 people volunteering to shave their heads, they raised more than $10,700.
"This is the biggest and best turnout we've ever had. This is the first time we've raised over $10,000."
Some people, like several baseball players, were touched by Nathan's story. Others, have stories of their own.
"My grandfather's suffered from cancer for the past six years now, and he's one of my best friends," said Lauren Lacourcieoe.
"My aunt is a survivor of melanoma, and I just think it's a really great cause, and so I want to be a part of it," said Liz Kohling.
They're all students wanting to support family, while they're supported by friends. And though these students may have less hair, they've raised more hope for kids like Nathan.
"I wanted to help in some way, and this is a great way to help."
Nathan's mother, Dawn Norman, stressed how important funding for child cancer research is. She says for kids like Nathan, their best bet is a drug that isn't yet on the market, and events like Friday's help make those drugs a reality.