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Dozens go bald to help raise money for new children's hospital

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Plenty of hair was falling to the ground at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday for the sixth year of Jack's Chattanoggins. The organization is helping raise money for a new children's hospital.

Nearly 100 people accepted the challenge of having their heads shaved for a good cause.

"My hair will always grow back, but these kids that have cancer and such. They don't have that option," Kasandra Helms of Red Bank said.

This was the second time Helms has been a part of shaving her head for Jack's Chattanoggins. While she doesn't have kids of her own, she understands the importance of helping.

The organization's founder, Jack Skowronnek, started shaving his head at 10 years old to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

"This is the perfect way for me not only to give back to the community, but to help out kids like myself," Skowronnek said.

For some who stopped by the Chattanooga market, it was a spur of the moment decision.

"It makes me feel better, different. changed but in a good positive way, you know? I don't know what I look like but don't care, considering it was for a good reason," Timothy Childers.

On Sunday, the organization said around $17,000 was raised. Along with helping raise thousands of dollars, it's also showing support to children who are battling cancer.

"It just helps the kids realize that they're not alone. They've got a great bunch of people loving them and wanting the best for them and so shaving our heads is just a part of that," Helms said.

Organizers said more women shaved their heads this year compared to men. They are still accepting donations

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