Several Shave Heads Showing Support For Cancer Patients

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Hair was cut and heads were shaved at WKU's baseball field Saturday evening -- all in support of those who are battling cancer.

"For me to be able to be here in itself is really an important thing for me. To be able to cut my hair by my choice and not lose it is very special," said Lauren Osbourne, a two-time cancer survivor.

Dozens of people were getting their heads shaved and hair cut at the St. Baldrick's Day event to show support for those affected by cancer.

"I wanted to shave it, but it was too emotional for my family for me to shave it all off," Osbourne explained.

Osbourne was just six months old the first time she was diagnosed with cancer, and a senior in high school when she had colon cancer.

"Having it again, I actually could remember what I went through, but I think it's made me stronger as a person. It's made my outlook on life a lot simpler," she said.

Several girls left holding their long ponytails in their hands.

"It's donated to wherever the person who cuts there hair by choice. I'm going to donate mine to Locks of Love," said Ashley Gamlin, the event organizer.

The boys left completely shaved.

"For the guys to shave their heads, it's to show support for people who lose their hair when they have cancer," Gamlin said.

However, one girl there decided to get her head shaved for the second time.

"That was a huge eye-opener for me last time, because you just don't think about that. Some people can be really mean and they don't know. They don't take the time to know. It's a really good experience," said Gabbi Hagan.

This was the fifth year Omega Phi Alpha put on the event, and Gamlin said getting to show her support through it means a lot to her.

"Lauren, who had cut her hair today. She's been my best friend for years now, and I went through the battle with her -- tried to be by her side as best I could. Also, a boyfriend had it. So I've been around cancer and chemo treatments and I see how it affects people," Gamlin said.

By the end of the day, the event raised more than $16,000 -- which was $6,000 more than the original goal -- toward childhood cancer research.

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