St. Luke's staffers go bald for cancer research

BOISE -- A team of staffers from St. Luke's went bald this weekend in their quest to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

The group was joined by hundreds of people from around the Treasure Valley for a head-shaving event at the Knitting Factory on Saturday.

The event raises money for St. Baldrick's Foundation and cancer research.

Kristin Dewey has been a nurse at St. Luke's for four years, and she's seen a lot of heartbreak because of cancer.

I'm not sure I've ever been so impacted by my patients until I started taking care of kids with cancer and teenagers with cancer, she said.

Kristin is a member of Breaking Bald - a team of St. Luke's staffers who decided to raise money and shave their heads for cancer research.

They wanted to show their patients just how much they care.

Whether you are five years old or 16 years old it's a really big deal and it's losing a big part of your identity, said Kristin.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation has inspired hundreds of head shaving events all over the country. Millions of dollars raised, all of that money going to promising research to find a cure for childhood cancer.

That research will directly impact St. Luke's. The President and CEO of the hospital is even on the Breaking Bald team.

Hopefully it will let the staff know how much I appreciate them, nurses and doctors, and especially our patients who are incredibly brave, said Dr. David Pate.

I feel amazing, I feel so proud and humble to be participating in this amazing moment, said Kristin. One of my patients just shaved me and it means the world to me that she was able to be here.

Team Breaking Bald raised over $60,000 for research. But this local event raised even more.

Many of the participants at this weekend's event donated their hair to Locks of Love, and organization that makes wigs for children who are fighting cancer.

If you'd like to go bald for St. Baldrick's next year, and raise money for cancer research in your community, click here.


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