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Mom-to-be goes bald for St. Baldrick’s

Niccole Foster, 23, shaved her for the St.

Niccole Foster, 23, shaved her for the St. Baldrick's foundation, which is dedicated to funding research for pediatric cancer. Foster, who is three-months-along in her pregnancy, organized an event where nearly 30 people shaved their head for the cause and raised more than $20,000 -- twice her goal. Credit: TC McCarthy

Niccole Foster smiled as a barber turned her curly brunette locks into a chrome dome Saturday at Urban Coffee in Greenlawn. She was one of 25 people who volunteered to have their heads shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation -- but the only one who was pregnant.

Foster, 23, of Centerport, helped organize the group known as Team Urban Coffee, and together they raised more than $20,000 -- twice its original goal.

Foster got the trim at her family’s business to support the St. Baldrick’s crusade against childhood cancers -- something that hits close to home for the mom-to-be.

"I guess I'm feeling extremely emotional," said Foster, who is three months along in her pregnancy. "Doing this for childhood cancer makes me feel even more proud just because I'm having a child, and that makes it more special."

Foster, a self-proclaimed free spirit, initially asked her husband Joe, 26, to shave her head. He politely declined the offer, made prior to Saturday, but he was a good enough sport to get the cue ball treatment himself just before his wife’s buzz cut.

Photo: Niccole Foster gets her hair shaved off during a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

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