Published: Oct 24, 2012 5:54 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2012 6:08 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - More than 75 students and three professors at Florida Gulf Coast University lost their locks to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.

"Cancer among kids is just wrong, it's not acceptable," said Biology Professor, Billy Gunnels.

On Wednesday, FGCU raised over $6,500 to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation. The foundation currently funds more in childhood research grants than any other organization except the U.S. government.

"I feel like I've made a difference. I feel like I've made a statement trying to prevent childhood cancer," said FGCU Sophomore, Jake Barrish.

Students raised money through sponsorships. One student collected more than 400 dollars to brave the buzz.

"It's minor for us. So even if you have the most long beautiful, glorious hair in the world it's truly insignificant compared to what the kids have to experience and what they are dealing with," said Professor Gunnels.
While everyone at the event knew someone touched by cancer, some even had first-hand experience with the deadly disease.

"Back in 2009, I was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and basically had to drop out of college for like a semester. I kinda understand the pain of going through cancer at a young age," said FGCU Senior and cancer survivor, Carl Fridh.