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Hundreds Shave Heads To Support Cancer Research

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DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of people had their heads shaved as part of an annual Saint Patrick’s Day event that helps raise money for cancer research.

Nine-year-old Rylie Guentensberger raised almost $1,600 before getting her head shaved.

“A little nerves this morning but she was excited and talked about how many lives she could be changing so we’re really proud of her,” said Rylie’s mom Meghann Guentensberger.

It all happened at two of the biggest 49 head-shaving events hosted by Saint Baldrick’s Foundation this weekend in Colorado.

Some supporters said they’re inspired by courageous kids while others had reasons that are very personal.

“It’s important to me because I’ve seen my daughter fight childhood cancer as well as so many other kids,” said supporter Carla Blue-Norton.

Others remember those who lost the fight with cancer.

“I got a friend who lost his friend to cancer this year. And I’m a survivor myself. So I figured this is a good cause, so anything I can do to help,” said cancer survivor Ty Snow.

All North Metro Firefighters also chose to go bald.

“You know, I was just trying to get people to donate on my behalf, and that’s what really seemed to spur people on,” said Jeremy Leadem from North Metro Fire Rescue.

Hundreds were proud to go bald in order to help support the search for a cure.

GALLERY: St. Baldrick’s Day

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