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February 23, 2006

How far would you go to show your support for a sick colleague?

At Belmont Terrace, a senior living facility in Bremerton, Washington, 16 employees shaved their heads to show their support for a co-worker who is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

The employees, most of whom are women, dubbed themselves "The Bald Babes at Belmont."

"I appreciate what they're doing for me, I didn't expect it," said Sally Lagnada, a Belmont nurse who was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year."It helps me a lot. I had beautiful hair and getting bald made me worry. Now that everyone is bald I'm not ashamed to walk around anymore."

Carol Armstrong, director of the nursing department, told the Central Kitsap Reporter that having her head shaved was "very liberating."

The group decided to put their shorn locks to good use. They donated the hair that was long enough -- at least 10 inches -- to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that supplies hairpieces to children fighting cancer or any other type of medical hair loss.

"We're doing something that's benefiting many people," Armstrong said.

Continuing their fight against cancer, the employees have a calendar in the works which will feature pictures of them. They plan to sell the calendars with the proceeds going directly to breast cancer support and research.

Source: Central Kitsap Reporter

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