A cut above: Woman goes bald for fifth time to help children fighting cancer

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A woman is a cut above the rest when it comes to helping children with cancer.

Anita Heston shaved her head for the fifth time to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

St. Baldrick's is the second largest financial supporter of childhood cancer research grants, behind the U.S. government.

The "Shave for Sean" began five years ago in Wilmington as Sean Fleming battled a rare form of cancer.

Fleming, who was 3 years old at the time, had a tumor the size of a softball in his chest. It was removed, along with three ribs.

Sean, now 8, wears what he calls his "super suit" to protect his chest. When he's fully grown, he'll have surgery to put in a chest wall.

Fleming praised Heston, who has raised a total of $16,000 for St. Baldrick's, for shaving her head to help children battling cancer.

"I'm so happy that she is shaving her head to raise money for childhood cancer," Fleming said. "I really hope that we can find a cure for cancer some day and stop deaths from happening."

Fleming joined in as children battling cancer and their families helped to shave Heston's head at a special event this week because Heston won't be able to attend the official "Shave for Sean" later this month.

That event is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. To get involved, click here.

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