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MILLSTADT, IL (KTVI) - When Marge Wolfmeier fought colon cancer in 2007 she never lost her hair.

'No,' says Marge Wolfmeier, a cancer survivor.  'I just had radiation.  I didn't have chemo.  So I'll lose it today though.'

That's because she decided to get onboard with getting rid of her hair for a good cause.

It's all part of the Red Ribbon Week challenge in the Millstadt Community School District.

'They showed a film and then I read it in the announcements so I decided to do it,' says Wolfmeier of her decision to shave her head.

That can-do approach came in handy with a first time barber.

'I didn't want to cut anybody,' says Abby Ready, a sixth grade student and cancer survivor.

But this sixth grader stepped up to the challenge, and it's not the first one she's faced in her young life.

'Right when I was born they found out I had a rare cancer called neuroblastoma,' says Ready.

But today Abby Ready with clippers in hand and fellow childhood cancer survivor Cole Harris coiffed some new do's and as for the result?

'Better,' says Cole Harris, a seven-year old cancer survivor.

'Well I think better because they donate it for a good cause,' says Ready.

That original goal to raise 15-hundred dollars for the American Cancer Society resulted in more than five thousand in donations...and five new bald heads.

'Yeah it was great,' says Bryan Weaver, a teacher who participated in the head shaving.  'I've been here 16 years and it was probably the best assembly I've been to.'