SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – It was a close shave Wednesday as several doctors took part in a fundraiser. At a special gathering, several doctors from the University of California at San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital shaved their heads to raise more than $22,000 for children’s cancer research.

It was standing room only at the Kezar Pub as one doctor after another bravely faced the barber’s chair.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“I am the only woman here getting shaved,” said Dr. Kate Matthay, chief of pediatric oncology at the Children’s Hospital. “I’m looking forward to it. My friends who have had breast cancer say it’s liberating.”

She said the fundraiser is also a chance for physicians to show solidarity with their young patients.

“When I see these young women, and kids who lose their hair it just breaks my heart, and it’s really nice to be able to show our support for them,” said Matthay.

All proceeds are going to the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation, which has already given nearly $770,000 to support UCSF’s cancer research programs.

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