Sheared for science — and kids

What would you do in the fight against childhood cancer? For about 130 local men, women and children, the answer meant trading vanity for solidarity — and saving big money on hair products for the next several weeks.

They came together Saturday to raise money for childhood cancer research, at an event sponsored by St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The foundation has donated more than $1 million to the UT Health Science Center’s pediatric cancer programs over the past five years.

This year, a team calling themselves Dude Where’s Your Hair 3.0, made up of members of the South Texas Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center — a collaboration of University Health System and the UT Health Science Center — took part in the event, shaving their heads for a good cause.

The team included  team captain Dr. Gregory Aune; Drs. Aaron Sugalski, Chatchawin Assanasen and Paul Thomas; nurses Christine Munoz and Heidi Lowry; and staff member Orlando Zapata.

At last tally, donations were approaching $130,000 — easily exceeding the local goal to raise $100,000.

You can find more team photos on the South Texas Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center’s Facebook page.