At 11-years-old, Mackenzie Woelbling, of O’Fallon, has beaten cancer three times.
She recently found out her cancer returned, and is preparing to battle the disease once again, but she's not alone in her fight.
Last week, her best friend and cousin Maiya Woelbling, 10, of St. Peters, stepped up to help Mackenzie and children battling cancer everywhere.
In support of her cousin, Maiya shaved her head at the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event at Helen Fitzgerald’s Pub and Grill.
St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-based fundraising program that raises money for childhood cancer research.
According to the St. Baldrick’s website, the event at Helen Fitzgerald’s set a goal of raising $200,000. Maiya's mom, Jessica Woelbling said according to the latest email she received, the event raised nearly twice that amount for a total near $380,000.
"St. Baldricks was an extremely successful event," Jessica said. "Maiya personally raised over $3500, and her total is still climbing. We all had a great time celebrating an amazing cause."
Jessica said Maiya was nervous but excited to shave her head for a good cause. She braided her hair that morning for the event.
"We cut off the braid and kept it as a souvenir," Jessica said.