HUNTSVILLE, Ala – An 11-year-old from Huntsville has a story that has been shared from newsstands across the country and she is making more headlines.
Last month, we told you about Kaitlyn Lee, who runs to raise money for kids battling cancer.
When WHNT News 19 first aired her story, she was closing in on her goal of raising $50,000 for the Jesse Rees Foundation.
She did that and this weekend, she celebrated.
Kaitlyn has never been touched by cancer, but through her work helping cancer patients, she has learned a lot about how it affects kids and their families.
She doesn’t split hairs when she talks about why helping kids with cancer is important and that’s why she chose to stand in solidarity with them by shaving her head.
Saturday was the big day. Kaitlyn set the date to shave her head.
Was she nervous? No.
She tried to sleep in so when she woke up she would have less time to wait for the celebration.
“I was like, ‘OK, come on, come on, let’s just be late so I don’t have to wait so long,” Kaitlyn laughed.
When it was finally time for her to get in the chair she was surrounded by family and friends at the fundraising event. Her mom read words of encouragement coming from Facebook.
“Nikki says, ‘You go, girl, what an inspiration,” Nina Lee said.
Kaitlyn truly is an inspiration. She donated her hair to charity, and when the clippers came out, she joked about being more aerodynamic.
After her head was completely shaved Kaitlyn was given a mirror so she could see her new look.
As she laughed, her audience cheered.
It’s been a long journey for Kaitlyn. She has shown a lot of strength by running dozens of miles to support kids with cancer. She says cutting her hair is her way of supporting them through being vulnerable.
“I have known that some girls who have cancer,” she explained. “They lose their hair and then they feel self-conscious about it.”
She wants to show them that being bald is beautiful.
“Hair is just something we have,” she said. “It’s just something that grows on our bodies. It’s not that important.”
But what is important is continuing her journey. She has already set her next fundraising goal for $100,000.