Seven nurses shave heads, raise $7,707

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by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on March 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:13 AM

BOISE - A group of pediatric nurses at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital know all too well the battle kids with cancer face.  Now, they are going even one step further top help those kids in their fight: by shaving off all their hair!

The nurses went bald for St. Baldrick’s – a fundraising event which raises money for childhood cancer research.
 
These nurses joined hundreds of others passionate for finding a cure during Saturday’s event at the Knitting Factory in Boise.
 
Jack Trueba is fighting ALL: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He just turned two on Saturday. He's just a toddler, but he's already fighting childhood cancer.  His nurses here St. Luke's Children's Hospital are doing everything they can to make it easier on him. 
 
That means a lot to his mom Desiree.
 
“They are awesome,” she said. “I am so happy with how they have taken care of him. He's doing excellent because they are so good at their jobs.”
 
Nurses like Mandie Kimball and Anna Rostock.
 
“The kids, they are just awesome,” Kimball said. “In Kindergarten, when they asked what we wanted to be, I drew a picture of a nurse.  The best part of my job (is) coming to work every day and just being able to interact with the kids and make them smile. “
 
“I've always wanted to be a nurse,” Rostock said. “I think the best part of my job, is getting to see the kids get better. 
 
Day in and day out they take care of kids like Jack, Lily, and Jasolyn and hundreds of others.
 
But the tough part is, not all kids with cancer get better. That's why a group of seven - Mandie, Monica, Kim, Anna, Collette, Katie and Cullen - is going bald for Baldrick's. To help find a cure. 
 
“We're going to be bald,” Rostock said. “I've never been bald before!”
 
“I don't think you can understand what a child who has cancer goes through until you have been bald yourself,” Kimball said.
 
Their team is called the Mad Hatters.
 
“Six nurses, 1 respiratory therapist, we have family members and we have the father of one of our former patients,” Rostock said. 
 
“We just want to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and let people know that not a lot of money goes to childhood cancer research,” Kimball said. “St. Baldrick's gives 100 percent of their funds (to childhood cancer)."
 
As of Monday morning, the group raised over $7,707 for the cause - making it the top team. One by one, they went bald for the kids they take care of every day.
 
It was an emotional and special day for all of them. 
 
“It's not an easy thing to do, especially as a woman, but they are all willing to jump in and you know, do it for the kids,” Kimball said.
 
Three of the nurses went even one step further: they had at least 10 inches of hair to give to Locks of Love, an organization which makes wigs for kids who are fighting cancer. 
 
It means more than they could ever know to little Jack and his mom.
 
“It makes me very happy. I think it's a wonderful thing to do,” Trueba said.
 
That's why this very special group of seven people are 7’s Heroes. 

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