After caring for children in the pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit, a University of Illinois Medical Center nurse in Chicago decided to shave her head as part of a fundraiser to spread awareness about childhood cancer.
On Feb. 27, Laurel Holden, RN, took part in a St. Baldricks Foundation event, a volunteer-driven fund-raiser for childhood cancer research. At the event, volunteers shaved their heads to collect donations from sponsors. The donations are used to fund research grants, infrastructure grants, St. Baldricks fellows, St. Baldricks scholars, multi-institution grants, and foreign beneficiaries.
In addition to raising funds, Holden also donated her locks to Wigs for Kids, which accepts donated hair that is not permed, dyed, or dreadlocked. The hair is used to support children who have lost their hair while receiving treatment for cancer.AFTER: Laurel Holden, RN