Published: Nov 07, 2013 8:31 PM EST
Updated: Nov 08, 2013 7:01 PM EST

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY, Fla. - Dozens of FGCU Eagles became 'bald eagles' in honor of the third annual St. Baldrick's Day. The event raises money for childhood cancer research.

More than 100 students and faculty shaved their heads to show their support. FGCU student Tom Faatz says he would do absolutely anything to help his son kick cancer.  

"About 6 weeks ago my son Matt who is 24 found out that he has cancer. Friday is going to be his 4th treatment of Chemo and this worked perfectly with supporting my son," he said.  

Faatz joined dozens of fellow eagles as they collected donations and lost their locks all to support St. Baldrick's Foundation and the quest to cure childhood cancer.

"That's why I'm out here, shaving my head and what little beard I had," he said.   "It's a really great organization and I was like, if this is a way I can help, this is the least I can do," said David Segal. 

Event organizer Clair Gorman says each volunteer reaches out to their friends and families to sponsor their shave. 

"It feels really refreshing, the wind blowing through my hair, I can feel my face now. I didn't know I had a chin! It's really great," he said.  

Some, like Emily Reynolds, are so moved by the experience, they come back year after year to fight a disease that affects everyone.  

"That took a long time to grow out but I'm proud to do it and I'm excited!" Reynolds said.