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Student, others going bald for fundraiser
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Adventure Kids, 4335 Bethelview Road
2 p.m. Saturday

A rising West Forsyth High School senior is out to prove that bald is beautiful.

Mary Thiltgen, her father and at least one other volunteer will shave their heads at a Saturday event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The organization donates to cancer research and assists with patients’ medical bills.

Thiltgen, who has hair down to her waist, said she’s wanted to shave her head for this cause since a family friend died from leukemia several years ago.

The idea is to support people who are forced to become bald as a result of cancer treatments.

"What I think about is all these little girls who have to shave their heads and they go through this period of time where they might feel ugly," she said.

"The main thing we’re trying to get at is that nobody’s ugly, it’s going to grow back, everything’s fine and nobody cares that you’re bald."

The event, which will take place at 2 p.m. at Adventure Kids, has raised nearly $1,000 for St. Baldrick’s. Thiltgen hopes more donations will be made as the razors start buzzing.

The event is open to the public, and "walk-on shavees" are welcome, she said.

Thiltgen is a bit nervous about going bald less than a week before she starts her senior year.

"I’m attached to [my long hair]," she said. "But I’m excited at the same time."