There are a lot of freshly shaved heads in Charlottesville Thursday night.
Dozens lined up to go bald for a good cause for the annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser at the Biltmore. Nearly 100 people shaved their heads to raise money to help put a stop to cancer.
Jake Matheson's mother passed away from cancer when he was young, but
"I just remember growing up she was always like, ‘oh I love your hair Jake. I wish I could have it,’ and this is just me doing something for her."
Now he's part of something that aims to fight cancer.
"As it’s known, when someone goes through chemotherapy they lose their hair and it's just a symbolic thing,” Matheson said.
He and other organizers hope to raise $50,000 at this year's St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Like Matheson, everyone participating has their own story and a reason behind going bald.
"A lot of people I'm very close to have either had cancer or otherwise been affected by it and I want to do something to bring that to an end,” said Greg Irving.
As the razor buzzes and her hair falls, Meghan Smith remembers who she is sitting in the chair for.
"My grandfather is actually battling cancer right now so that's been kind of rough,” she said.
Smith's childhood friend also battled cancer and shaving her head is just a small thing she can do to make a difference.
"It's something that's so prevalent in our society that I couldn't ignore it and if it’s only my hair that's going and I can raise a lot of money doing it, why wouldn't I?" Smith said.
For the nearly 100 people who went bald Thursday, it’s all about solidarity.
"I don't think your hair defines you, I don't think your beauty defines you. I think that it's who you are on the inside – it’s what important,” Smith said.
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