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Shaving For A Cure


Sanford employees in Bismarck get a free haircut, by raising money for a good cause.

The Brave The Shave Campaign raises money for Saint Baldricks to help find cures for childhood cancer.

We introduce you to one Sanford Employee, who shaved her head for one very important reason.

"It's almost overwhelming, that so many people care," Mellissa Nordsven said.

Mellissa Nordsven is the mother of three month old Jillian.

Born with Cancer, Jillian makes a trip to New York every month to see her doctor.

"He is currently the only doctor in the United States that has a dedicated team to Retinoblastoma and he's dedicated quite a few years of his life to the research of Retinoblastoma," Nordsven said.

Nordsven's co-worker, Vanessa Raile is having all of her hair shaved off for Jillian, and other children with cancer.

"There's people that go through chemotherapy all the time and lose their hair you know, we can do that too," Vanessa Raile said.

"Until I had Jillian I would've never known what it means to be a parent who has a child with cancer, but it's really endearing that she thought of us and takes that to heart," Nordsven said.

Raile's hair might be gone, but Jillian's cancer isn't.

And the $2500 Raile raised the past few months, will go to help children like Jillian who are battling cancer.

"I figured I can do this, I can lose my vanity for six months, I mean it will only be six months," Raile said.

"I have so much respect for her, I think it's wonderful that she is brave enough and strong enough with herself to do something like this," Norsdven said.

And as far as Raile's hair, she knows it will grow back --- and that smile on her face is a symbol of someone with a big heart, looking for a cure.

"This is why we do it, for the kids," Raile said.

To find out more about Saint Baldricks or to donate, log onto their website

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