Soldiers shave heads to support cancer kids

Thought I'd post a bit of positive news - these soldiers are getting their heads shaved to raise money for children cancer victims. So far, the foundation's raised over $34 million.

Soldiers shave heads to support cancer kids

By Jill Dougherty

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Under a huge tent just outside the medical unit at Camp Liberty, shielded from the blazing sun, soldiers watch and cheer as two men at a time get their heads shaved. Clumps of hair fall to the hot sand below.

Maj. Stephen Roberts, a pediatric oncologist, set up a St. Baldrick's cancer fundraiser on his new base in Iraq.

But they're not just fighting the Iraqi heat. They're showing solidarity with sick kids they don't even know.

It started with a dare on St. Patrick's Day 2000, when two guys shaved their heads to support children with cancer. Thus was born the St. Baldrick's Foundation. In eight years, the awareness and fundraising organization says, events have taken place in 18 countries and the United States, "raising over $34 million and shaving more than 4,000 heads."
...and while talking of hair and kids and cancer and soldiers doing their stuff for charity, over here in blighty there's a charity called Little Princesses of which Chris Ryan the ex SAS chap (Bravo Two Zero) is an honorary vice-president. The charity supplies and funds good quality wigs to kids with cancer and welcome donations of hair (10" plus) and of course, money.

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