A Murfreesboro girl is planning to shave her head for a second time in an effort to raise money for childhood cancer research, a cause that is close to her heart.
Last December, 10-year-old Haley Burt's neighbor and friend, six-year-old Alex Scogins, was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer.
“Knowing that Alex has cancer and he is my neighbor, so it's really hard,” Haley told Nashville's News 2. “I've known his family since before he was born.”
Alex immediately underwent surgery following his diagnosis where doctors removed a racquetball size tumor.
“We are considered high risk,” explained Alex's mother, Elizabeth. “We found out that it is medulloblastoma, the type of cancer which is just a malignant type of brain cancer in children.”
Currently Alex and his family continue to drive to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment five days a week.
The Scales Elementary School student first receives chemotherapy drugs through a port in his chest, followed by radiation.
“We start treatments at 7:30 with his infusions and then at 9:15, he has radiation that takes about an hour,” Elizabeth explained.
In an effort to support her young friend, Haley told Nashville's News 2 she plans to shave her head on March 15 during an annual Bald in the Boro event which raises money for childhood cancer.
“I am planning to shave my head for cancer research,” she said, adding, “I don't think anybody should have to fight the battle of cancer.”
Haley said her mother, father and brother are also signed up to shave their heads at the event in support of Alex.
“We are going to be the four bald Burts,” Haley said.
The elementary school student said she hopes to raise $1,500 for cancer research prior to the event.
“I want to do it because I feel no kids should have to go through cancer,” Haley said.
Haley added that she is looking forward to the upcoming event and that she first shaved her head in 2011 in an effort to raise cancer awareness.
The Scogins family told Nashville's News 2 they are thankful for the support of friends and neighbors like Haley.
“It is just a long road and we are asking for a lot of prayers. We will get through this eventually,” Elizabeth said.
Alex's Angels t-shirts are also available for purchases. All proceeds will benefit Alex's family.
To help Haley Burt reach her cancer research goal visit her St. Baldrick's page.