St. Baldrick's Foundation raises money for childhood cancer

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- A lot more people will be walking around without hair today, after St. Brennan's Inn of Green Bay hosted the 13th annual children's cancer fundraiser -- by shaving heads for a good cause.

"I've done this for 10 years now, and I will continue to do it," says Ashley Oates, the event's coordinator. "It's so amazing how the community comes together to raise money for such a great cause."

For some, like Alderman Randy Scannell, it was a first time event.

"I threw my hat in the ring. Or my head in the clippers, so to speak," Scannell says. "I'll do it again next year. I'll be a regular."

Others are repeat participants, who have strong connections to the charity.

"We just lost our son to childhood cancer, after battling most of his life," says Christy Murfield, who shaved her head this weekend.

In honor of her son Carson, Murfield and her family formed the team "Carson Strong," shaving their heads for the fourth year in a row.

"It's a sad situation obviously, but it just feels good to keep him alive, and keep supporting children with cancer," Murfield says.

The goal of the event is to raise enough funds to find a cure for childhood cancer, and no longer need events of this kind. Over the past 13 years, more than $1 million has been raised from the event. This weekend, nearly $10 thousand cash was collected on the spot.

"It's not about the money, or how much I raised. It's about what good the money is doing in the research for kids," says Captain Chris Heil, of the Green Bay Fire Department.

This year marks the 13th year Heil shaved his head for the event.

"Everybody of different races, religions, ethnicities, social backgrounds are all together for a common cause," Heil says. "It doesn't matter who you are, where you are. We all face cancer."