Austin high-schooler shaving head before prom to raise money to fight cancer

Georgia Moore is getting ready to be bald again, and this time, the 17-year-old Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders junior will be heading off to prom rocking a shaved head.

Georgia Moore created this T-shirt to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The first time she was bald was when she was 10. A day after her birthday, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She underwent 28 months of treatment including chemotherapy, blood transfusions and spinal taps.

Georgia Moore lost her hair when she was 10 because of cancer.

Georgia was completely bald for six months. People gave her hats and colorful scarfs to wear, but mostly, she just rocked a bald head.

Now on Saturday, she’ll go bald again. She’ll shave her head as part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

It’s will mark a key date in her life: On April 29, she’ll officially be five years cancer-free. A milestone that is key in the world of cancer.

This will be the first time Georgia has shaved her head for cancer, but she won’t be doing it alone. Her mom will do it for the seventh time, her grandfather who has also done it before will join them. Georgia has inspired two others, a friend from school and an art teacher.

Georgia already has hit her goal of $10,000. Right now she leads the donations with $10,410.29. She raised the money by sharing her story on the St. Baldrick’s blog as well as reaching out to friends and family members who have followed her cancer story. Georgia, who is an artist, also designed T-shirts and sold them to raise money.

Like she did before, she’s planning on wearing her bald head proudly. “I am stocking up on sunscreen,” she says. “No one wants a sunburn head.”

And when she heads to prom on April 22, she’ll be wearing a silver dress with sequins and embroidered pink, yellow and orange flowers.

“I wanted something different,” she says. “It makes me feel really special, like a disco ball. Even if I wasn’t going to be bald, I wouldn’t want to go with a traditional prom-style dress. I like this one a lot. I like how sparkling and feminine and cool it is.”

Left to right, Alexandria Lawrence and Dana Moore participate in “Brave The Shave,” a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research in 2016
Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15

Dell Children’s Medical Center, 4900 Mueller Blvd.

Find more information or donate here.

While Georgia is the top participant, Team Harley is the top team. We wrote about Harley Fetterman last year. He and his friend competed against each other in national Braille competitions. Last year, because of Harley’s illness, he wasn’t able to go and his friend Merlyn Hileman took his place. Harley died last July. The team has raised $22,371.00 in his honor.


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