One of many Bald in the Boro stories:
A little six year old in Murfreesboro is changing lives, all because of his diagnosis with cancer (scroll down for more pictures). WGNS realizes this is a strange way to start off a story, but Alex Scogins is in the fight for his life while undergoing cancer treatment and the stories that have blossomed around him are very uplifting.
One of those stories that we are following involves his 10-year old neighbor, Haley Burt. Haley says, "I'm standing up to be the voice for my friend Alex, and other kids fighting deadly childhood diseases like cancer every day.” Haley says she plans to shave her head in support of Alex who has spent many days at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Haley is helping to raise money to fund childhood cancer research. She stated, “My hope is one day researchers can find a cure to conquer all deadly childhood diseases once and for all." Just two days after Christmas, Alex underwent a spinal tap procedure as part of his treatment.
For a second time in the past two years, Haley will have her head shaved on Friday night - March 15th in honor of Alex. Tonight (March 15th) is the date of the annual St. Baldrick’s – Bald in the Boro event, sponsored by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. The event will start at 4pm at Lanes Trains and Automobiles. Haley’s mom Jackie told us that her daughter just announced to her elementary school class her intentions to have her head shaved this March to support Alex. Her mom said, “Alex and his family have been one of our neighbors since before he was born and Haley often remembers his 1st birthday party in his backyard.” Haley and her brother Wyatt are also leading a card drive for the six year old who is battling cancer (see: #GetWellWishes4Alex). In just a few short weeks, they collected over 100 cards for Alex, some from as far away as Canada.
According to the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, there are 46 children diagnosed with cancer every day and 35% of children cancer patients will die. Please scroll down for links on this story.
There is a lot of community involvement with "Bald in the Boro":
Rockvale Middle School raised $1,000 for the Bald in the Boro drive after teachers and the school resource officer had their heads shaved. From left are 6th grade math teacher Brian Cathcart, 6th grade history teacher Eric Plueger, 8th grade history teacher James Carson, School Resource Officer Daniel Thomas, who coordinated the drive, and 8th grade language arts teacher Richard Rorabaugh. Proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which provides funds for childhood cancer research.
MORE: Haley’s Video She Made:
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To help Alex's Family, you can purchase an Alex's Angels awesome t-shirt. All proceeds go to the family to help cover the expenses of treatments. You can purchase these shirts before January 19th at: