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Mokena Girl, 9, Shaving Her Head for Cancer Research

Lauren Peterson, 9, of Mokena, will be shaving her head this Friday for a St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser for cancer research. Help her reach her fundraising goals.

Come Saturday morning, 9-year-old Mokena resident Lauren Peterson will be bald.

And she couldn't be happier.

The fourth-grader will be getting her head shaved at a St. Baldrick's Day event at . The charity raises money for cancer research by getting volunteers to shave their heads.

"My friend did it last year. I didn't know about it until then and I thought it sounded cool," she said.

Donate to Lauren Peterson's St. Baldrick's Day fundraising efforts.

Lauren said she's doing it to honor a few family members who have faced or are facing cancer, but also for Mackenzie W., a Missouri girl who has battled and beat cancer three times.

Mackenzie, who is undergoing treatment for the fourth time, will be at Gatto's on Friday.

Lauren's mother Kirsten said her daughter's plans are brave, "especially for a young girl to do that."

"It's OK for boys to have short hair," Kirsten Peterson said, laughing.

Lauren originally wanted to raise $1,000 for the charity. As of Monday night, she had raised more than $1,300.

Now she's going for $2,000.

Lauren's not worried about the kids at school—no one teased her friend last year. She also ran her plans by her Mokena Burros cheer coach, who made a special cheer bow for the soon-to-be-hairless Lauren.

"My friend's going to be sad," Lauren said. "She loves doing my hair."

Donate to Lauren Peterson's St. Baldrick's Day fundraising efforts.

Lauren Peterson will be getting her head shaved at the same St. Baldrick's celebration where .

at a St. Baldrick's event Sunday at

Jen Gingerelli March 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Truely amazing job Lauren!
Kirsten March 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM
So proud of my girl! One minor correction. Mackenzie will not be there on Friday. Her cousin, Maiya (10), who shaved her head two weeks ago will be there cheering Lauren on.
Tiffany Miller Sabatini March 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Way to go Lauren!!!! I cannot wait to see all the other amazing things you will do as you get older. So proud to know you sweetie. <3
Dawn Nicosia March 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Lauren what your doing is amazing. Kirsten you are raising great kids. I am proud of you both!!!
Happy March 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
So proud of your efforts. Way to go...
Coach Kelly March 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Coach Kelly is so proud of Lauren!!! I will be there to CHEER for her!!!!

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