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Doctor and Patient Brave the Shave

Doctor and Patient Brave the Shave

Source: KING 5 News

Behind the big smile of Dr. Doug Hawkins hides a hint of hesitation and a touch of anxiety. "Well, I haven't ever prepared for this ever in my life," he said. The respected oncologist at Seattle Children's has nervously agreed to change his appearance and go bald like many of the cancer patients he treats. "I have a cap to keep my head warm and I hear that's going to be a problem with no hair," said Dr. Hawkins. Adding to the anticipation is the doctor's barber for the day, his former patient Gary Yost. The head shaving event is a first at Seattle Children's. The hospital is partnering with St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research. "We have fully embraced raising money for pediatric cancer and the need is still there," said Kelly Forebaugh.

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