A high school girl and her elementary school sister from Spring Lake Heights join their mom to shave their heads in solidarity with children suffering from cancer.

How many school-aged girls with long, beautiful hair do you know who would choose to shave it all off to help raise money for children with cancer?

That's just what Charlie, Daphne and their mom Liz Nesnay did this past Saturday in Belmar in front of a large crowd gathered to show their support. That crowd included the family of a little girl named Madi from Howell who recently lost her battle with cancer. Madi's middle-school-aged brother Ritchie also shaved his head in honor of Madi that day as his mom looked on.

The "Shave It With The Shillelagh's" fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation (a charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers) raised over $37,000 and donations continue to roll in. (Liz and her girls took in over $3,000 themselves). In fact, 51 people shaved their heads in support at the event, but only one other girl did it, a young adult named Elena. (And Elena...if you are reading this, please contact us so we can have you on the air, too!)

Liz says that her daughters have been well-received at their schools but that when the three of them are out in public people really notice them. And if that can help raise awareness and money to fight childhood cancer, even better.

(Photo from Liz Nesnay)

Liz is also aware of what a great lesson and bonding experience this was for a mom and her daughters and is something they will carry with them forever, along with even more compassion for families struggling with the pain of watching a family member, especially if it's a child, deal with cancer.

Liz would also like to say thank you to Brian Gillispie and Ed Hunter at the Shillegagh in Belmar for hosting the 'Shave It' event.

Here is the 'before' picture of Liz and her girls when they came on our radio show to talk about shaving their heads. If you'd still like to make a contribution, visit www.stbaldricks.org and donate to the Crazy Bald Heads team!

(Liz and her daughters Daphne and Charlie. Photo by Liz Jeressi)