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Heads shaved to benefit cancer research

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Many people in Gillette showed they were willing to part with a full head of hair for a good cause.

Hairstylists were on hand Thursday at the Dry Fork Power Plant to shave away the hair of many workers and anyone else who stopped by.

"Brave the Shave" is part of a national effort put on by the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money to fund childhood cancer research.

"It'll go toward cancer research throughout the United States and local areas.  Some of the closer areas include Denver, where there's some cancer research going on that hopefully can bring an end to some of the suffering for some of the children," said organizer Tim Velder.

Those who sat in the chair said they were more than willing for the good cause, including Chuck Pearson, who personally raised $1,800 through various sponsors.

"I decided to get my head shaved for a good cause.  I wanted to do some good for the children.  It's just hard to see kids have to go through that and then any kind of help I can give is a push in the right direction," said Pearson.

The event raised over $12,000, which eclipsed organizers' goal of $10,000.

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