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Community members shave heads' to support cancer research
About 12,500 children and adolescents under the age of 20 years are diagnosed with cancer each year.
A five-year old girl and her family are trying to change those statistics.
They are asking members of the community to shave their heads.
Channel Three's Amber Southard explains why the gesture means so much to the young girl.
A year ago 5 year old Carolyn Hendrix was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.
Her mother Kathryn took her to the doctor after Carolyn complained about a tummy ache.
Childhood Cancer is something the Hendrix family thought they would never have to deal with.
Kathryn Hendrix "Its not as rare as it use to be unfortunately the statistics are going up and more kids are getting cancer."
Carolyn has gone through 16 rounds of chemotherapy and has just one more round to go.
"She's been a trooper. Kid's don't know any better. They get and they throw up and they stand up and they go play. They just take a licking and keep on ticking."
Carolyn is a typical 5-year old, she loves playing outside and her favorite Disney Princess is Rapunzel ..
Her long flowing blonde hair is something Carolyn can't wait to get back after her final round of chemo is completed.
"What's going to grow up here? Hair."
The Hendrix want to help other families going through the same ordeal.
Only 4% of the federal government budget is set aside for Childhood Cancer research.
"If you are on a boat and it sinks, you put your kids on a life raft first, or if your house is on fire you get your kids out of the house first. And with Childhood Cancer research it's totally backwards from that."
The family has partnered up with St. Baldricks an organization that raises money through shave-a-thons.
"The event will be held here at Maritime Park on June 22nd at 2 pm. For more information you can log onto our website at weartv.com and click on Newslinks."