Shaving the Way to Conquer Cancer
March 24, 2010 6:20 PM
Saint Baldrick's is one of the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising events for childhood cancer research. And one Sioux Falls elementary student is shaving the way to conquer cancer.
In tonight's someone you should know, we meet a 10 year old that has wisdom beyond her years.
What would it take for you to shave your head? For this 10 year old her beaming eyes and giant smile tell it all.
"That day I was really scared. I was shaking all day. It felt good after I did it, but scary at the same time," said LilyAna Hunt-Watts."
5th grader LilyAna Hunt-Watts shaved her head with the Saint Baldrick's Foundation in order to raise money for cancer research for kids.
"I've been doing it for three years. I missed out last year because I wanted to have more hair, so I could shave it this year," said Hunt-Watts.
And what's truly impressive is LilyAna started when she was in 2nd grade and this year she raised the most money for the state of South Dakota.
"I hope they know I'm trying to help them and that they'll get better. I want them to get better," said Hunt-Watts.
She also helped organize the team "kick."
"Kids into curing cancer," said Hunt-Watts.
But its not all fun and games each time LilyAna shaves her head. She says sometimes people poke fun at her, call her a boy, or even tell her to leave the women's restroom.
"They make fun of me, some kids do. I just say it’s for a good cause," said Hunt-Watts.
Demonstrating an unbelievable amount of courage that really shines through.
"She is a really wonderful kid and she is strong and really does put up with stuff as people who are bald," said Rachel Hunt
So when asked if its worth it, she never hesitates with her 100% YES!
"Because you're helping other people and making them feel better," said Hunt-Watts
And at only 10 years old she has become an inspiration to so many. It is not too late to donate to Saint Baldricks.