Shaving for a cure

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By The Staff

Whether it's through a parent, a spouse, a child, a grandparent, a friend or even ourselves, cancer will reach out its deadly hand and touch us all. And that's why we should all be concerned with research into its cure.

What could have once killed us, is now treatable, thanks to research.

And that's what gives us hope.

As the second leading cause of the death in the United States, cancer will affect all too many of us. We each have a risk - experts say half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with some form of the disease.

But the disease's youngest victims are also its most defenseless ... the children.

Children shouldn't have to deal with grownup worries ... and cancer is certainly a burden too heavy for our children. That's why the St. Baldrick's Foundation began ... to raise awareness and funds to cure kids' cancer.

And a local event now in its third year is doing what it can to help find that cure.

More than 130 people signed up to voluntarily shave their heads on Saturday. Each solicited donations from friends, family and co-workers.

But it's not just the shavees who deserve our thanks. There were 22 barbers who gave up several hours of their day - during which they could have been working and earning money - to shave all those heads. Then there are all of the people who donated money to the cause.

But news like this isn't really "news" in our community. It's something that happens all the time.

Relay for Life, which also raises money for cancer research, will be coming up in May and the annual Crusade for Children will be in June.

Whether it's a community-wide event, a school fundraiser or a family in need, the residents of Campbellsville and Taylor County can be counted on to do what they can. No wonder it's such a great place to live.