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2nd grader growing hair for cancer

Theodore Kirk, a second grader at Valley View Elementary School in McHenry, has been growing his hair for two years to donate it to a kid who lost theirs because of cancer treatment.

Theodore said his dad, Tim Kirk, a teacher at McHenry West High School, inspired him to do the deed. Tim shaved off his 3-year-old beard last year, something he did for fun, he said.

Upon learning about the St. Baldrick’s Community Shave at McHenry West High School, Tim said Theodore, who already had pretty long hair, thought it was a good idea to grow his hair out for the initiative.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Theodore is looking forward to shaving his hair in March and helping a kid in need, he said.

Tim said that with Theodore’s long, blonde hair, he has been called a girl too many times to count, but the Cub Scout doesn’t let that bother him.

For Theodore, it doesn’t matter what other people say because he knows he’s going to help someone have a head of hair.

While some poke fun at him, others are supportive. Family and friends tell Theodore how proud they are of him. Tim credits Theodore’s maturity for his response.

Donating his hair isn’t enough for Theodore. After learning that one in five children with cancer in the U.S. will not survive, Theodore decided to raise funds for childhood cancer research. So far, he has raised over $600 and aims to raise $1,000.

To donate to Theodore’s fundraiser, go to www.stbaldricks.org/participants/tdk.

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