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Community supports Brave the Shave

Julia Falcon, a TR Scholar at Dickinson State, has her photo taken after shaving her hair.

It took a little courage and a big heart to volunteer for Brave the Shave -- but a dozen volunteers stepped up to the challenge.

The Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Program at Dickinson State University teamed up with Brave the Shave to host a fundraiser on April 7 in Scott gymnasium.

TR Scholar Julia Falcon posed for a picture after her long locks were gone and said, “It’s a fresh start!”

Jason Thier of Dickinson, who raised the most pledges, said, “Actually, I usually shave my head. I grew my hair out for this event, so this isn’t anything new for me. I set a goal and reached it, that’s all that mattered to me.”

Proceeds from Brave the Shave will be donated to North Dakota kids with cancer and to the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation for pediatric research and advocacy.

Brave the Shave representative Taner Ohlsen has been raising funds for the past 11 years and is hoping the fundraiser is the first of many more in Dickinson.

“We’ve never had an event go on its own before,” he said. “It’s a blueprint for going forward.”

While waiting his turn, R. J. Dobbins said he is shaving his head to support the program.

“Cancer affected my family a lot. My mom died of cancer when I was about 8, and a lot of my family also were affected by it.”

TR scholar Karissa Bohn planned to have her hair clipped, but not shaved.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the kids,” she said.

Sovi Herring shaved her head in support of the TR Scholars and program.

“They do a lot of good work. I’ve always wanted to donate my hair, but never grew it long enough to donate, so I’m going to shave my head.”

TR Foundation Director Holly McBee, who took registrations at the door, said, “Oh my gosh, this group of students are incredible -- they are an amazing group to work with. They are so dedicated, they are so kind to each other and so gracious to the community. They are smart, compassionate young people and I’m ecstatic to work with them.”