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Head-shaving fundraiser for St. Baldrick's raises money for cancer research

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation was held at Cooper's Tavern in downtown Madison on Sunday.

The event was put on by the Madison chapter of the Arsenal Supporters Club, an organization made up of people who support Arsenal Football Club, an English soccer team. Volunteers had their heads shaved to show support for those battling cancer.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people suffering from cancer do lose their hair," says event organizer Liam Smith. "This is a way to stand in solidarity with them and to show support. Even though we're not going through what they're going through, we're still there with them."

For Andrew Schmidt, a member of the Arsenal Supporters Club and a childhood cancer survivor, the impact of Sunday's event hits close to home.

"I don't know anybody whose life hasn't been impacted in some way by cancer, so it's a pretty big deal for me," says Schmidt. "It's really touching to see how everybody comes out and shows such an outpouring of support for this really great cause."

St. Baldrick's Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research. The organization raised nearly $25 million in 2013.

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