Austin Gallagher has a full head of hair now, but that wasn't always the case. In 2007, his mother Krissy says he was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer, which only affects about 20 children each year nationwide. For the better part of three and a half years, Austin was in and out of the hospital.
After multiple rounds of treatment, Austin has been cancer free for 22 months, and is now one of five child ambassadors for St. Baldrick's, a group that raises money by having people shave their head for cancer awareness. The Bluffton University Men's Baseball Team got word of the foundation, and decided to participate by going 'BaseBald'.
So far the team has raised around $7500 toward the cause. Krissy and her family came down from Cleveland for the head-shaving event. The entire team, including coaches, went to bat against childhood cancer. Krissy says it speaks volumes around campus.
Bluffton Men's Baseball planned the event right before their annual season-opening games in Florida. The team's matching hair cuts are a constant reminder of children currently diagnosed with cancer.