- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of people volunteered this weekend to have their heads shaved in an effort to set a world record and show their support for a 5-year-old boy who lost his own hair during treatment for cancer.

The boy, Austin Smith, is the son of Monticello Police Chief Britt Smith and was diagnosed around six months ago after doctors discovered a brain tumor, KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1SJymjr ) reported.

Austin’s grandfather, Kevin Smith, was the first person in line among the more than 400 people who had their heads shaved within one hour on Sunday. He said it was amazing to see the number of people who came to participate in the event, which included 10 hair cutters, plus young children and friends of the Smith family willing to get a buzz cut.

Organizers say they needed at least 372 people to have their heads shaved in order to beat a previous record. They will present the figures, along with videos and photos of the event to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Austin said he enjoyed watching the event, calling it “fun.” His mother, Mikinzie Smith, said seeing the amount of support from people in the area means a lot to their family.

“Our community has been amazing from day one,” she said. “We couldn’t be more humbled by it.”

She said Austin finished radiation treatment at the end of March and that they’re working with their doctor to find alternative treatments.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com


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