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Be Bold, Be Bald: Opelika Firefighter raises money to fight cancer

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

Hair was blowing everywhere Friday at Opelika Fire Station 1, and all for a great cause.

Firefighter Anessa McConnell has joined forces with the national organization "Be Bold, Be Bald" and shaved her head in an effort to raise money for the East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) Foundation.

"I said, 'It's just hair and if it would raise money to help those going through cancer, its just a small thing I could do,'" explains McConnell.

McConnell was inspired by an article she had read just last Sunday.

Her goal was to raise $500, but with support from the community, McConnell was able to raise over $1,300 in five short days.

"It's just a small way I could show my support and hopefully raise some money to help them through this fight that they're going through," says McConnell. 

The money raised will help cancer patients at EAMC who cannot afford treatments, and fund screenings with the goal of detecting cancer in its early stages.

"A lot of people do not have the money and get the screenings, the testing, for breast cancer and prostate cancer. The funds that we raise also go to help pay for testing patients so that hopefully if a woman does have breast cancer we will find it as just a small lump and easy to cure," explains EAMC Foundation Director, Julia Pipes.

McConnell hopes that her message will serve as inspiration to the community, and they too will help join the fight against cancer.

"Hopefully next year others who hadn't heard about it will get involved and we can raise even more money."

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