Brave The Shave

One by one...their locks of hair....gone in an instant.  "I'm excited," says UT Freshman Lauren Campbell, patiently waiting her turn.  For her, this moment has been years in the making, "I decided to say I want to make a difference now instead of saying i want to do it one day.

Campbell was one of a hundred and twenty one volunteers who went under the clippers in the name of cancer, "I am excited not to buy shampoo!"

Senior Alice Jan took the plunge too, "I decided over winter break."  Jan says a friend with cancer inspired her to take on the challenge.  "I think it's going to be different but a good different. A lot of people will ask about it and i can spread awareness."

For four years now, UT Austin student organization S.M.I.L.E. has hosted a St. Baldrick's "Bave the Shave Events". The non-profit funds pediatric cancer research programs. "Brave the Shave" is a way to honor children with cancer, while raising money at the same time. This year's total? $54,129.

 "It was awesome. Really great. People coming out to support me, strangers, clapping, it was great," says Campbell.

Jan is also donating her hair. And she couldn't be happier with how it turned out, " I am really glad to have this privilege to make this difference in people's lives."

And even though all of these students have lost something familiar, it's clear they've gained a whole lot more.

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