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Shaving heads in Sherman, raising cash for cancer research

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Cancer survivor Michael Gary gets a look at his new haircut. (KTEN) Cancer survivor Michael Gary gets a look at his new haircut. (KTEN)
People had their heads shaved to support the St. Baldrick's event at Austin College. (KTEN) People had their heads shaved to support the St. Baldrick's event at Austin College. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Michael Gary is a 14-year-old with a passion for filmmaking and videography.

He already has some big goals, but life hasn't always been easy for him.

"I had an osteosarcoma on my right fibula," he said, describing a form of bone cancer.

Michael is in remission now, and he wants to make a difference by shaving his head.

"Since I had cancer last year, I felt that I could really give back, and this is just a good way to give back to cancer research," he explained.

Shave for the Cure is an annual fundraiser held by the St. Baldrick's Foundation to spread awareness and raise money for childhood cancer research.

Even though Michael had just grown his hair back, it didn't stop him from wanting to make a change and show his appreciation to research organizations like this.

"I really realized how much that helped when I was in the hospital last time," he said. "It's surprising the difference it made, and I figured, 'Why not help? Why not give back?'"

Michael inspires others with his strength and bravery.

"I cannot imagine how well he's done, and how tough it was on his mom and dad," said David Bayless, who also got his head shaved. "If this little dab that I'm doing can help getting involved with kids' cancer and prevent it and then solve it when it comes along, then that's why I'm doing this."

At last check, Thursday's Austin College event raised $2,122 for cancer research.

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