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Killeen woman shaves head to raise cancer awareness

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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:30 am

AUSTIN — A Killeen woman shaved her head March 29 at a fundraiser held to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Janice LeDoux, 67, raised more than $675 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by shaving her head at the event. She joined 188 participants at the Dell Children’s Medical Center to combat the disease, which claims 1 in 300 boys before they turn 20 years old.

“Ten years ago my grandson, Andrew, was in the fight of his life as he battled t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 2,” LeDoux said. “After three years of treatment, he was cancer free and now he is a typical teenager. Every year he raises money by shaving his head, but this year I wanted to participate.”

LeDoux pushed for most of her donations though Facebook. With a successful blog, Ask Grandma J, she has quite a following on social media and her team ranked 13th overall for the 2014 event, raising more than $75,000.

“St. Baldrick’s is the second largest donor to childhood cancer research behind the U.S. government,” said Helena Kelly, Dell hospital volunteer event organizer. “It is a great opportunity for parents and children to share in solidarity with survivors.”

Created in 2004, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was established with two priorities: to spend as little as possible to raise each dollar and ensure every donation goes to the best research to find cures for children fighting cancer.

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