Mother, son, shave heads to support Crestview girl, aid cancer research funding

Mitchells and friend

Crestview resident Katie Mitchell, 3 — flanked by her mother, Jaime, left, and Gretl Stenske — is receiving chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. Stenske and her son, Zac, will shave their heads on Sunday at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium to support Katie. The "Praying for Carolyn" event — which raises awareness for Carolyn Hendrix, a 5-year-old Pensacola resident with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer — will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps fund childhood cancer research.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM.

CRESTVIEW —   Gretl Stenske and her son, Zac, would give anything to help Katie Mitchell, a 3-year-old receiving treatment for leukemia.

"Anything" includes all the hair on their heads.

Gretl and Zac, 15, will have their heads shaved on Sunday at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, where more than 100 teams will  support children with cancer.

Spreading the message

“By doing this, I feel like I can be ... a walking billboard for this disease,” Gretl said. “I felt like I needed to do this in order to get the message across.”

Her message is that more needs to be done to beat childhood cancer.

Four percent of federal funding goes toward childhood cancer research, according to the St. Baldrick Foundation website. The foundation, which raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, will benefit from the “Praying for Carolyn” head-shaving event on Sunday. The event will raise awareness for Carolyn Hendrix, a 5-year-old Pensacola resident with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.



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