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SLIDESHOW: U of L med students make the cut

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McKenzie Vater shows off the ponytail she plans to have cut for charity. McKenzie Vater shows off the ponytail she plans to have cut for charity.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several U of L med students lined up to go bald for a good cause Wednesday afternoon.

The event was held at the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library Auditorium at the University of Louisville School of Medicine at the corner of Preston St. and E. Chestnut St.

Several students agreed to have their ponytails cut -- and in some cases a lot more -- all to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money for pediatric cancer research.

McKenzie Vater was one such participant -- a first year medical student -- who agreed to have her ponytail cut. Vater said it took four years to grow her ponytail, but the sacrifice is worth it.

"I just guess I'm not courageous or crazy enough to go bald," Vater laughed. "But I would like to help out in some way. All sorts of children -- all age cancer patients -- are out there looking for hair that they need, and if I've got a little extra, why not share the wealth, right?"

Kelsie Field, another first-year medical student, said she was going to take the plunge and go bald.

"I am so nervous," she said. "I haven't been bald in a very long time -- since three years old, I would say -- but when I thought about the kids...after seeing how strong and brave they are, I really reflected on that. I knew that anything I face in my life -- that I'm currently facing -- is nowhere near as scary as what they're going through. When I thought about that, it was a no-brainer...though I'm a little bit nervous. I will not lie. I'm a little bit nervous."

"It's just hair," she added. "It will grow back."

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