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"Live Bald" event at Straight to Ale raised thousands for childhood cancer research

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Progress is being made in the fight against childhood cancers, but much still needs to be done. According to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. One in five won't survive the disease.

Money from the "Live Bald" fundraiser Saturday at Straight to Ale at Campus 805 goes to the foundation that has delivered $200 million in childhood cancer research since 2005. This is the second year for the event in Huntsville.

This time, they raised $24,000. Last year, they raised $16,000.

"It was 31 years ago that I was diagnosed with cancer, and at the time, I was the only child on the floor at Huntsville Hospital," said childhood cancer survivor Emily Jacobs. She was seven years old when her family learned she had a brain tumor.

Now cancer free, she said she wants kids fighting cancer to know they're not alone.

"You can grow up. You can be whatever you want to be. This doesn't define you. It's just something you go through. You're going to go through a lot of things in life, and this will just be one of them," she said.

Among those getting their heads shaved as a show of solidarity with children who lose their hair during chemotherapy was Le Su, a researcher at HudsonAlfa Institute of Biotechnology. The St. Baldrick's Foundation gave him a $99,000 grant to help his work in the battle against childhood cancer.

Money raised the Live Bald fundraiser all goes to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Jacobs was a guest speaker at the event. She and other survivors said they want people to know research can mean all the difference, and that children with cancer can survive and thrive.

Jacobs said she is living proof.

"The surgeon who did my surgery and Dr. Pickett said, 'This is not something we see. We don't see long-term survivability in the type of cancer you had.' So, it's extremely touching to know you're here for a purpose, you're here for a reason. And maybe that's to help find a cure for some of these childhood cancers that are not survivors," she said.

For more on how to help in the fight against childhood cancer, including holding your own event, click here. 

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