Frederick County, Va. - Students and staff at Millbrook High School in Winchester gathered to donate more than just money to cancer charities on Friday.
They held their third Annual Saint Baldrick's Shaving Event in honor of cancer victims and survivors.
Two staff members, both women and 14 students participated.
"I'm really blessed to be able to do that. I think that it's something that benefits a wonderful cause, and for me it's just a simple decision," said Athletic Trainer Ashley Rasmussen, one of the female staff members who elected to shave her head.
Funds for the effort were collected during lunch periods, and as an incentive the group that donated the most money got to witness the head shaving event.
"No I am not nervous,” Rasmussen said with a laugh. She quickly added, “I say that now, I’m sure I’ll be nervous when it starts but right now I am not nervous."
Along with raising money for Saint Baldrick's, many female participants also donated their strands to Locks For Love.
"My husband and I have discussed lots of big earrings, and I got a whole bunch of knit hats from my daughter, who is seven, for Christmas, to help with my head when it's cold," Rasmussen said.
Students and staff members participated for various reasons, some on behalf of a loved one, others simply for the cause.