Way to Go: Alli Hemp, Hauppauge

Hauppauge High School senior Alli Hemp raised more Hauppauge High School senior Alli Hemp raised more than $2,100 this winter through a head-shaving fundraiser to benefit The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a childhood cancer charity. Photo Credit: Handout

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Alli Hemp said she had planned to shave her head late last year as a "fun adventure" -- and then decided to turn it into something with more meaning.

The Hauppauge High School senior raised more than $2,100 this winter through a head-shaving fundraiser to benefit The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a childhood cancer charity.

She had 17 inches of her hair cut off, while eight other friends and family members including her grandmother Helen, 75 shaved their heads for the cause as well.

The money collected went to St. Baldrick's, and the hair went to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a charity campaign that provides free real-hair wigs to women who are fighting cancer.

"I was really stunned by the amount raised," said Hemp, 17, who said her goal was $1,000.

Of her new hairdo, she said: "It's taken a bit of getting used to, but I know how much of a difference it makes to people battling cancer. They lose their hair willingly and are dealing with something much worse."

To raise the money, Hemp sold nearly 250 bracelets for $1 apiece and solicited donations from family and friends.

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She is a member of her school's swim team, the German Honor Society, the women's choir and vocal jazz ensemble.

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