WICHITA, Kan. Community members Friday night stepped up to the barber's chair in the name childhood cancer awareness. It's the 11th year for the St. Baldrick's Fundraiser in Wichita to help raise money to find a cure for cancer.
Julian Bucher was among many who had their hair chopped, buzzed or shaved in Friday night's fundraising effort. Over the years, the St. Baldrick's Foundation has raised more than $160,000 in hopes of finding a cure.
Some who made the drastic hairstyle change Friday night did so to honor friends and family.
"We have a very close family friend who passed away after suffering for years with a rare form of cervical cancer," Anastacia Bialick says. "She recently passed away after her 18th birthday, so we started the journey together and I felt it was important to honor her and continue it."
Others,like 5-year-old Easton Schuckman shaved their heads in honor of those whom they've fought cancer with. Easton has been battling cancer since before he was born, but has been in remission for almost two years.
While efforts like Friday's fundraiser may not bring back those who have died from cancer, family and friends of those who lost the fight say their loved ones would be proud.