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Dozens Show Support for Childhood Cancer Research

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They say bald is beautiful and it was on full display Saturday at Wheeling Park as the St. Baldrick's Day festivities kicked off. The charity aims at raising money for childhood cancer research and shaves heads to show support.

Shaving your head for chemotherapy can be difficult for kids so the St. Baldrick's Foundation doesn't want them to do it alone.

The nationwide charity was in Wheeling Saturday where dozens of people shaved their heads for childhood cancer awareness. Lysbeth Miravalli was the first one in the barber's chair Saturday and said good bye to 14 inches of hair.

"I have some scarves and I bought a wig for some times at work and I just figure it will be fun to grow it out," said Miravalli.

Miravalli was following her sister's lead who also had her head shaved at last year's St. Baldrick's festivities.

"It really inspired me to do something that is an identity with cancer patients and all that they have to go through and their experience," said Miravalli.

Dave Parsons, the Regional Coordinator for St. Baldrick's says the internet has really helped with their cause recently.

"Well I mean even in the last couple years through social media we've found so many people locally that have childhood cancer and you know they're making really good strides with it, with the money that they do the St. Baldrick's Foundation is the second largest organization. They donate the second largest amount of money other than the government specifically for childhood cancer," said Parsons.

Parsons involvement with St. Baldrick's has spilled over to his wife, Valerie, and 7 years ago she finally caved and shaved her head.

"I had long blonde hair to my waist and I remember telling him that I would do anything I could to help but I was never going to shave my head. And God just loves it when I say never so now I'm bald," said Valerie Parsons.

The Parsons haven't had to deal with childhood cancer in their home but have known plenty who have and that's why they've both decided to stay bald.

"Before I had children of my own I was a school teacher so I've always had a heart for children and we've got two healthy kids and we never really want to take that for granted because when you watch a family go through this process, it's heart breaking," Valerie Parsons said.

Parsons says they had already raised six thousand dollars when the event started and were hoping to bring in at least 15 thousand by the end of St. Baldrick's Day.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation helps fund childhood cancer research at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus along with several others across the nation.