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.