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May 15, 2014

A bald statement for cancer research

When members of the Larson/Gamble family accept a challenge, they do so as a unit.

That was the case earlier this month when Inga Larson and her sons, Nick and Alex Gamble, offered their scalps to the razor to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.

The May 3 fundraiser was part of a day-long open house for the businesses of 5 Dundee Park — led by Yang’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center and The Real School of Music.

Larson, a kung fu assistant instructor at Yang’s, helped organize the event to do something positive for young people facing an upsetting diagnosis of cancer. The benefit shaving raised more than $4,000 to support the efforts of the foundation, which has collected over $100 million for research grants since 2005.

More than 200 people attended the open house, which included about a dozen local merchants, two outdoor spinning classes, live performances and demonstrations and a raffle with more than $1,500 in prizes.

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