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Head shaving fundraiser to benefit children's cancer research

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If you were near Caroline Street Saturday afternoon, you may have noticed a lot of bald heads walking around. That's because the owners of the Saratoga City Tavern were holding a head shaving fundraiser to benefit the Saint Baldrick's Foundation. This is their fourth year doing so; and as YNN's Erin Moran found out, the event draws a huge crowd every year.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The message was clear on Saturday. Kids should be able to live a cancer free life. That’s why the Saratoga City Tavern was packed with guys and girls of all ages, ready to shave their heads in the name of children's cancer research.

For Mari Mazzeo of Guilderland, the cause was especially near and dear to her heart.

“Besides being an eleven year breast cancer survivor myself, I've known a lot of family and friends and colleagues who have suffered through cancer, including kids,” she said.

Many of those participating were at the tavern in honor of a friend or loved one who had or is battling cancer.

Olivia Spiegel of Ballston Spa walked in with long, teal-blue hair, ready to shave it all off. Afterwards she said, “I feel lighter and it feels a lot different.”

She and Riley Walz, also of Ballston Spa, are both students at Malta Ave, and they were fundraising for a fellow classmate who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.

When asked about the classmate, Riley said, “Now she's cancer free. She survived fortunately. So, everything's good.”

This was Riley's second year shaving his head and Olivia's first.

And when asked how they felt about giving up their hair for a while, Olivia said, “It doesn't matter to me that much. It doesn't matter at all,” and Riley responded, “I feel great. It'll grow back. I don't really care that it’s gone.”

Over 100 people shaved their heads for this fundraiser; and as of Saturday, the event raised over $75,000 for the Saint Baldrick's Foundation.

The organizers were hoping that a couple of last minute donations would bump that sum up. They said they will have the final number on Sunday.

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