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By Bill Zars | Daily Herald Staff

Junior Adam Syvertsen grimaces for the fundraiser. "Trust me, this hurts me way more than it hurts you guys," Syvertsen said.


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Top fundraiser John Knudson gets sheared at a St. Baldrick's fundraiser at Schaumburg High School.


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Senior Teresa Cotton, center, has friends Colleen Fielmann, left, and Frankie Macrie, hold her hand for support as she gets her hair cut at Schaumburg High School.


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Schaumburg High School students and staff supported their classmate John Knudson with baldfaced enthusiasm as well as bald heads Friday.

More than 100 people signed up to have their heads shaved to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation - which supports research for pediatric cancer - and support Knudson, a junior, who has Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

He was diagnosed with the disease shortly before his freshman year and following surgery it went into remission. The cancer has recurred and he is undergoing chemotherapy this month.

Knudson came up with the idea of the St. Baldrick's fundraiser.

"This is crazy. I never expected Schaumburg High School to do something like this," he said. "In three weeks they have raised over $50,000."

Students and faculty were having their heads shaved all day with the top fundraisers losing their locks at an all school assembly.

Top fundraisers were sophomore Gracie Haerr, $3,614; math teacher Brenden Mariano, $3,351; and Knudson, $3,770.