For a lot of people, hair is more than just hair. It's their life.
On Thursday at Georgetown University, medical students, faculty and friends gave up a lot of hair to save a life.
Czarina Ramos donated more than 12 inches at the St. Baldrick's Foundation head shaving event. The event raises money and awareness for life-saving childhood cancer research.
"Hair grows out, but a chance to help people doesn't always come, so I wanted to take this opportunity to do it," Ramos says.
It's been a while since Georgetown student Jonathan Faure has had his hair this short.
"The last time I had my head shaved was during chemotherapy treatments," says Faure.
This 10-year leukemia survivor -- who was treated at Georgetown University Hospital when he was eight, couldn't wait to give up his hair this time, simply because he wanted to.
"I work with children with cancer on campus and I couldn't wait to get out there to show my support," Faure says.
While all the head shaving was going on outside, others were getting their cheeks swabbed inside to see if they might be a bone marrow match for a child needing a transplant.
"There's pictures of the cutest kids, and it doesn't take long, so I figured, why not try to save their lives," says Chagai Mendelson.
William Delgado donated his bone marrow when he was a Georgetown freshman -- and saved the life of 32-year-old teacher in Texas. He was sharing his story with people on the fence about getting tested.
"She's doing very well,” says Delgado. “She's getting married soon, and I'm so happy for her.”
The importance of this event wasn't lost on the Georgetown men's soccer team. The head coach and most of the players gladly donated their locks too.
"The team did a tour of one of the oncology labs during the preseason, so they've been engrained in this for a while," Brian Wiese says. "And it's so easy to do and for a really great cause."
The goal of this year's fundraiser was $15,000. More than 30 people registered to shave their heads in support.
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