Magnolia teen goes bald to help others
Posted on February 21st, 2011 by Sara
Magnolia’s Elizabeth Swanberg, the 14-year-old eighth-grader who pledged to go bald for pediatric cancer, had her head shaved last week at Catherine Blaine.
Elizabeth, surrounded by friends and family, cut off 22 inches of her beautiful hair.
She plans to donate her hair to Wigs for Kids, to benefit children who have lost hair during cancer treatments.
We first told you about Elizabeth’s fundraising earlier this month. The Blaine 8th grader shaved her head as part of her fundraising efforts for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. She has already raised over $4,000 for the foundation that provides grants for researchers working to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Here she is before she shaved her head.
And here she is after.
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.
Performing the honors for Elizabeth’s shave was Louisa, a young cancer survivor whose doctor has received funding for pediatric cancer research from St. Baldricks.
A big crowd gathered at the school to watch Elizabeth go bald. She is still raising funds and you can donate here.