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St. Baldrick's cause clears heads, minds, hearts

Driver Middle School student exchanges fashion for true beauty

Marcellus resident Grace Carlic, 13, is a typical teenager. Her friends are important to her. She likes social studies and ccience and is thinking about a career in archeology. She is bright, funny, and pretty and the future is hers for the taking.

Yet, this past Sunday, at the St. Baldrick's Fund Raiser held at Kitty Hoyne's Irish Pub in Armory Square, downtown Syracuse, it was all about giving for Grace.

Grace sacrificed 11 inches of her long blonde hair to Locks of Love, while her Dad, Steve Carlic, sat next to her and had his head shaved for the third year in a row to raise funds for children with cancer.

"My dad is my inspiration," said Grace. "He has his head totally shaved and I knew what to expect. This was my year to give it a try."

Grace became a member of her dad's team -- The Samsons -- from St. Michael's Lutheran Church. Together the team was one of the top three winning teams raising over $10,000 this year.

Grace's individual goal was $100; instead, she went well over the goal and raised $900!

While it is fine to have a great dad who inspires you, what else could possibly motivate this teenager, especially at the age where looks and hair are especially important?

"My family knows the family of Isabella Grosso," Grace said. "She's a little girl who has faced dealing with cancer.

That's a big thing to look at when you are so small, bigger than me keeping my hair long."

Grace admitted to her heart pounding as she sat down to have the beautician's cape draped around her. She took everything in stride encouraging friends to snap pictures and responding with a large smile to the crowd calling her name.

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