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11-year-old girl shaves head in honor of little sister

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An 11-year-old girl shaves her head in honor of the sister she lost to cancer.

“This was an opportunity for us to remember Harper, who's been gone for a little over 60 days,” said Harper's dad, Brian Wheneman.

Gone, but not forgotten, her memory shining bright.

“We saw what Harper went through and we lived through what Harper went through and this was an opportunity to help other people,” said Brian.

Harper's father and sister have raised more than $60,000 for pediatric cancer, even shaving their heads at a St. Baldrick's day event in the Highlands.

“It's basically honoring her,” said Harper's sister, Cadence Wheneman.

Honoring a precious life gone too soon and shaving her head with the same courage Harper had during her two year battle with cancer.

About 170 people including Harper's family sat in the hot seat Saturday afternoon - ready to go bald.

“I told some people I would cut my hair, shave my head for $500 and in like a minute it was raised,” said Michael Pfaff.

Then about three minutes later, there's a visible transformation that represents hope for a cure in the youngest of patients.

“It's for a great cause and I'm happy to do it. I would do it again in a heartbeat,” said Pfaff.

It's an emotional day as the loss of hair rekindles the memory of losing someone special. For Serena Shelton getting rid of her pigtails was an easy decision when remembering a friend she looked up to.

“Megan was very special,” said Serena Shelton.

Her friend Megan battled leukemia and relapsed 13 days before her stem-cell transplant date. The reason for shaving her head is simple.

“For a cure,” said Serena. “Because cancer's not fun.”

Her mom, Christian Shelton, stood by her side the whole time.

“If we can help find a cure so no one else has to go through that, I'm all for it and it will grow back,” said Christina Shelton.

Megan died at only 20-years-old. Her mom, Heidi Haynes, says it's people like Serena that keep her spirit alive.

“I'm very, very proud of her,” said Heidi Haynes.

The Louisville Community St. Baldrick's event raised $117,000 for pediatric cancer.

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