Many people give money to good causes, but Meredith’s Peggy Ross went one step further by giving her hair to support cancer research.
Ross had her head shaved as part of a local St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser on March 5, 2011. She raised more than $4,300 for pediatric cancer research.
She decided to participate in honor of her nephew, who has brain cancer.
“I love him with all my heart and wanted to do something to honor his fight,” Ross said. “He turned 40 on February 27 and I chose to raise money for childhood cancer research as my birthday gift to him.”
Many members of the Meredith College community supported the fundraiser, including WINGS and the Class of 2011. Ross, the departmental assistant for the Dept. of Nutrition, Health and Human Performance, serves as their class advisor. Brittany Phelps, ’11, made the first cut during Ross’ haircut.
Ross also had moral support from her nephew.
“The amazing thing is that on March 5 as I was getting my head shaved here in Raleigh, he was getting his shaved at his mom's house in Pennsylvania,” Ross said. “He wanted to support me. That's the kind of ‘kid’ he is.”
For more information on St. Baldrick’s, visit www.stbaldricks.org.
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