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PCH doctors and nurses get heads shaved to raise cancer awareness

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Doctors and nurses at Phoenix Children's Hospital, where many young patients are treated, created quite the "buzz" on Tuesday, making a "bald" statement to raise money for research.

Clippers in hand, 8-year-old Elizabeth Blair carefully buzzed Dr. Patrick Tomboc's hair. 

A clean cut, "making him bald and beautiful," she said.

When Elizabeth was 5, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  She lost her hair twice as she battled the potentially deadly disease.

"I got used to it," she said.

12,400 children like Elizabeth are diagnosed with pediatric cancer in the U.S. every year.  The reason patients and staff at PCH took part in a St. Baldrick's head shaving event.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation gave PCH a $1 million grant last year to study new treatments, but Tomboc believes more needs to be done.

"In the last 20 or 30 years, there's only been two drugs made by private companies that target pediatric cancer at all.. there's a huge deficiency," he said.

Research is important because one in five children diagnosed with pediatric cancer don't survive, but according to the doctors at PCH, it goes even beyond that into quality of life.

"She was one of the lucky ones.  She responded really well right off the bat to treatment," said Elizabeth's father, Brook Blair.  He adds that Elizabeth has been cancer free for one year and is in remission.  A story he hopes other parents and other children with the same diagnoses will also be able to tell.

PCH will hold a head shaving event on Sept. 26. Their goal is to get 100 people to shave their heads for research.

St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event
Sept. 26, 7pm - 10pm
424 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.stbaldricks.org
www.phoenixchildrens.org


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