Dan Sheehan, of Smithtown, with his son, Kyle, have their...

Dan Sheehan, of Smithtown, with his son, Kyle, have their heads shaved each year in memory of Kyle's aunt, AnnaMarie Savino. They did it on March 12, 2016, during a St. Baldrick's Foundation event at Napper Tandy's Irish Pub in Smithtown. Credit: Danielle De Souza

Kyle Sheehan's aunt, AnnaMarie Savino, died of cancer in 1987, long before he was born. But after hearing stories of the women he describes as "sweet and kind," who loved playing the guitar, the Smithtown teen has always felt a closeness to her.

For the 10th year in a row, Kyle and his father, Dan, had their heads shaved at the St. Baldrick's Foundation event at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub in Smithtown in her honor. The foundation raises funds and awareness in the fight children’s cancer.

"This is a great thing to do for children's cancer," Kyle, 14, said. "Whenever you can help other kids, it's great."

Sheehan's family is proud of his selflessness.

His mother, Michelle Sheehan, teared up as she spoke about her son and her late sister.

"He has been doing this for her since he was 5 years old," she said. "I think that it is amazing that he does this for children who have cancer."

His dad shared the same sentiment.

"It's awesome that we can do this together and it shows the kind of kid that he is," Dan Sheehan said. "He is at an age when kids care about their looks, but he still did it."

After getting his head shaved, Kyle hit the stage with his band, Zofolk, and performed in front of his parents, his grandmother and hundreds of St. Baldrick's Foundation supporters.

Like his aunt, Kyle plays the guitar.

"I really wish I could have met her," he said.

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