MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Navicent Health employees are getting used to a new look after having their heads shaved in support of childhood cancer on Wednesday.
“I had no idea that this many people would be willing to shave their heads, it’s incredible,” Haley Vann, Coordinator of Children’s Miracle Network activities at the hospital said.
The third annual “Go Bald or Go Home” event gave employees the chance to show their support for child cancer patients by shaving their heads with the help of Great Clips volunteers. Mason Kruger has leukemia, he was given a buzzer to help shave some hair.
“He had a smile on his face because he was shaving his doctors face and I thought it was really special he got to do that,” Vann said.
For James McClellan, who works in information technology, seeing Mason’s smile made the hair loss worth it.
“Being that small and having to deal with something like cancer is pretty severe,” McClellan said. “It’s kind of a small thing to compare, ya know, just going bald for them versus what they go through.”
Mason’s mother Brittany Kruger says her son has good days and bad days – today was definitely a good day.
“It’s a blessing that he has energy,” Kruger said.
The “Go Bald or Go Home” event was Navicent Health’s way of wrapping up Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, approximately 15, 780 children below the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year.
In upcoming years, they hope to have more participants from the community.