BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Derek Brown's beard is part of his personality. But on Tuesday, he cut it off in support of a cause both near and dear to his heart.
"I'm going to look 15 years younger," Brown said.
Brown works with kids at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Some of the youngsters in the pediatric center suffer from cancer.
"We see them struggle. We see what they go through on a daily basis," he said. "This pales in comparison to what they go through, the path they walk."
In partnership with St. Baldrick's, Brown and more than 15 other participants got a shave to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
This is the first time this group from OLOL have held such an event. They set their fundraising goal at $2,000, a goal that they would greatly exceed. Throughout the night, they raised more than four times that with over $9,000, but it is not just about the money.
"You're in solidarity with kids who have to lose their hair because of chemotherapy," Dr. Catherine Boston, who works with students with cancer. "To tell them that you're not alone in this journey and you're right there with them."
"Hair grows back. These kids have to deal with losing their hair for a lot longer and so they're a lot braver than me," said participant Elizabeth Brown.
And like the kids, they said they will keep on fighting to find a cure.
"They're sick and they have cancer, but they are not going to let that hold them back," said Charlie Potts, who also worked to organize the event.
The group hopes to hold a similar event next year.
To donate to the group, check out their St. Baldrick's page.
Click here for more information about pediatric cancer, St. Baldrick's, and how to get involved.