In addition to raising more than $100,000 for cancer research, two Austin women are showing their support for those who have battled the disease in another way. Amy Decosmo and Cassie Helton decided they would shave off their long locks if they each met their personal fundraising goal. The two have been training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (TNT) program for the Nike Women's Marathon on October 20th.
After losing a close friend and teammate to cancer this season, Cassie set her goal at $10,000. She's exceeded that by several thousand dollars. Earlier this year, Amy got the news that her 4-year-old son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. She set her goal at $100,000 and reached that Saturday. So, after their team practice Saturday morning, the women, along with a couple male friends, shaved it all off.
"Those two have raised an extreme amount of money and are shaving their heads in honor of those people who have fought cancer and will be participating in events over the next two weeks in honor of their heroes." said William Colin Novelli, campaign manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
TNT has trained more than 570,000 people and raised more than $1.32 billion.