Fourteen year old Elizabeth Swanberg is getting ready to go bald as she raises funds to fight childhood cancer. The Blaine 8th grader will shave her head on February 18th as part of her fundraising efforts for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She has already raised over $2,000 for the foundation that provides grants for researchers working to find a cure for childhood cancer.
The idea is for each participant to shave their head to raise awareness about childhood cancer since many children who have cancer lose their hair after treatment. Elizabeth writes that she has never had any connection to cancer, or been heavily impacted by it but that is why she is participating. She says she has been reading about peoples experiences with cancer, the causes, the symptoms and medications.
As you can see from the photograph, Elizabeth has very long hair. It measures 21 inches from the top of her scalp.
If you would like to support Elizabeth, you can donate here. We will update you with a photo and a fundraising update after the big day.