WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When it comes to raising awareness about childhood cancer, the goal for one local fundraiser is pretty clear-cut.
The Shave for Sean fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1-4 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Corina Fleming, the fundraiser's founder, is inviting participants to shave their head, volunteer, or donate to help in the fight against childhood cancer.
Shave for Sean began six years ago in Wilmington when Fleming's son Sean was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Sean, who was 3 years old at the time of his diagnosis, had a softball-sized tumor in his chest. It was removed, along with three ribs. Now, Sean wears what he calls his "super suit" that protects his organs until he can get surgery when he's older and fully grown.
Sean helped design his "super suit" with a logo of the Carolina Panthers on it.
Fleming's oldest son, Cole, decided to shave his head for charity in support of Sean.
Over the last five years, Shave for Sean has raised more than $135,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the second largest financial supporter of childhood cancer research grants behind the U.S. government.
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