More than 100 Brave the Shave to support children's cancer research

Sunday, about 150 people shaved off every hair on their head to help support pediatric cancer research.

This is the fifth year the St. Baldricks Foundation Brave the Shave event has been held at the University of Texas in Austin.

“Last time I got a haircut was October 2, 2014,” said Connor Brean who raised about $2,000 and is donating his hair for children who need wigs.
This year the event raised more money than any previous year, topping $90,000 so far.
“I honestly was not as scared as I thought I would be,” said Raquel Pineda who shaved her head in honor of her brother.
“My baby brother had leukemia. He was diagnosed when he was only four and he fought through it and he is so healthy today and he is just all of my family's inspiration,” said Pineda. 

For others like Brean it was a way to give back.

“I just figured it's such an awesome cause and it's so easy, like, I didn't do anything. Just sat down and got shaved and I think it's really, really valuable to just be a vessel for fundraising and hope for somebody else,” Brean said. 

All the money raised will go towards children's cancer treatments and research.

“Shaving your head is basically symbolic for, ‘Hey, we're going to stand with you and we're going to support you through your fight with this horrible disease,’” said Kendall Coffey the event organizer.
Even though it may seem like just a haircut, it could lead to a whole lot more for children fighting for their lives.

“The reason why we want to raise the money for kids specifically is so we can use drugs and medicine that’s not as harsh, so they can have a quality of life better on after chemotherapy and after treatment,” Coffey said.

“I hope that they can find something that is more effective, that is better, that causes them not to go through so much pain and stuff that I can't even imagine,” Pineda said.

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