HOUSE SPRINGS (KTVI) - Elementary school kids are willing to go bald to support a staff member at their school, years after she lost her little boy to cancer.
The students and staff at House Springs Elementary School love Carrie Long. They have been proving it since 2004. That is when her six-year-old son, Charlie, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma.
The boy went though several painful treatments and was cancer-free less than a year later. But, on his first day of 2nd grade, he relapsed. His story is featured on the website for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Charlie’s status is listed as “Angel”. Charlie died in 2006. He was just eight years old.
House Springs students and staff have rallied around his family ever since. Kids started getting their heads shaved. The grown-ups followed. And, a single fundraiser turned into a week of activities and an annual effort that has raised thousands for St. Baldricks'.
The organization seeks to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Leaders say adult cancer research tends to get more funding, because the disease affects more adults than children. But, they say cancer is just as devastating and deadly to little ones.