BOISE -- A high-profile member of the St. Luke's community is joining a group of doctors and nurses who will shave their heads to help raise money for young cancer patients.
Dr. David Pate is the President and CEO of St. Luke's Health System. He learned about the hospital's fundraising team Breaking Bald when he saw a story profiling some of its members on KTVB last week.
When I saw that they hadn't achieved their goal yet in fundraising, I thought maybe I can help, said Dr. Pate.
The group of more than 20 doctors, nurses and friends of St. Luke's is raising money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Funds help provide grants for childhood cancer research.
Team Breaking Bald hopes to raise $50,000 dollars by March 8, when they will all shave their heads in honor of the young cancer patients they help every day.
When our story first aired, the team had raised about $13,000. Now, members are more than halfway to their goal.
I think we're on the brink of great cures. This could be your child, your grandchild. That's why you ought to hop on board, support this, so that we can find more cures and keep these kids and families together, added Dr. Pate.
He says the experience means a lot to him because he's also a cancer survivor. He's happy to shave his head for children battling cancer at St. Luke's.
When I saw these kids and when I've come over here before and seen these kids, they're so inspiring and so strong and this is the least I can do to help support them.
Members of team Breaking Bald will say goodbye to their hair on March 8 at the Knitting Factory in Boise. Cancer patients from St. Luke's will be on hand to help shave team members' heads.
For more information on the team and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, click here.