SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - Hannah Fox knows firsthand what it's like to be a child who loses her hair.
When she was 8 years old Fox was diagnosed with alopecia, a hair loss disorder.
Her parents drove her from Hamburg, IL, to St. Louis Children's Hospital where she received injections that allowed her to have normal hair growth.
"When I got there, I saw all these kids who didn't have hair either," Fox said. "At that time, I was so afraid of not having any hair and my hair not coming back. I didn't really understand what those other kids were going through. Seeing them was something that I never forgot. It was scary, and I associated it with being in the hospital."
Now a second-year pharmacy student at Harding University in Searcy, Fox is losing her hair once again. But this time it's her decision.
On Feb. 19 she launched a fundraising campaign to raise $1,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity located in Monrovia, California. It will end March 17 when Fox shaves her head in support of children with cancer.
"Now that I'm older and understand what happens with cancer, I've just always had a soft spot for children with cancer," Fox said. "My doing this is kind of to show these children that being bald is not a big deal."
The only Harding University student participant and, according to the foundation's website, one of three participants in the state of Arkansas, Fox has raised $855 of her $1,000 goal.
To donate to Fox's campaign, click here.