PORTLAND - A Milwaukie 5th grader with shoulder length, thick brunette hair is ready to go bald to support kids with cancer.
“I have it pretty easy and these kids don’t so I’d like to raise money for research,” explained Grace Hoffman.
She’ll have her head shaved on June 8 and the money she raises in donations will go to the St. Baldrick’s organization.
Last year, a St. Baldrick’s event at Oaks Park drew more than 600 shavees making it the largest event in the world. Grace proudly carried a sign at last year’s event where her mom had her head shaved and raised $4,000.
“Once the hair started flying Grace said I want to do it now but we wanted her to wait until this year so she could get donations,” said Nichole Hoffman.
Grace was also inspired by her dad’s dome.
“I shaved my head five years ago when my mom passed away from cancer and I’ve been shaving it ever since,” said Bert Hoffman.
The outlook for kids with cancer has improved in the past few years. 85% of kids with the most common cancer will live.
“Kids are doing much better with all the research leading to new treatments,” said Grace’s mom, who works as a nurse at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “Giving up hair is nothing if it can lead to lives saved,” she concluded.