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Magnolia teen goes bald to help others

February 21st, 2011 · 10 Comments

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.

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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.

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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

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  • JC

    You should be very proud of yourself. I can only imagine the great things that you will continue to do in the years to come.

  • CB

    You are an amazing young woman, Elizabeth! What a bright light you are to all of us. Thanks for your inspiration.

  • http://www.emmasarc.org Magi

    She may have shaved off her “beautiful hair” but there is far more to her that makes this young woman beautiful. Kudos to you for your great work.

  • Sherinetully

    Louisa and Elizabeth are beautiful young ladies and an inspiration to all of us.

  • Heather

    You prove you don’t need hair to be beautiful that comes from deep within. What a truly special person you are, well done!

  • Snarkbark

    Kudos to you Elizabeth!!! An activist is born!!!

    What a great story and uplifting way to start the day.

    Thank you.

  • ksb

    It was amazing and inspiring! Way to go Elizabeth!!

  • Still Got Hair

    Elizabeth is a courageous girl. I would like to donate my hair but unfortunately it is gray (albeit a very attractive silvery gray) and no one will take it. I am very disappointed! So sign me Still Got Hair.

  • Anonymous

    Having a close friend who’s six year old continues to battle cancer, I’m so impressed with Elizabeth’s passion. Thank you for your incredible awareness!

  • Anonymous

    Having a close friend who’s six year old continues to battle cancer, I’m so impressed with Elizabeth’s passion. Thank you for your incredible awareness!