Soldiers stationed on Victory Base Complex, Iraq, gathered at Witmer Troop Medical Clinic Sunday to shave their heads to support young children with cancer .

Soldiers crowded the makeshift barbershop outside the clinic and waited their turns to lose what little hair they had.

"My big fear was that no one would show up," said Maj. Stephen Roberts, medical officer, 566th Area Support Medical Company. "I'm amazed, honored and humbled by the fact that so many Soldiers that have so much else going on would take the time to come do something for other people."

By shaving their heads the soldiers are showing their support for children who have to live with the devastating effects of chemotherapy. The event was coordinated with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises awareness of childhood cancer.

"I'm hoping that the kids back home at Walter Reed will be inspired by the fact that there are Soldiers in Iraq who care about them," Roberts said.

"It's awesome to get the chance to do something positive for children back home," said Spc. Jonathan Strand, medic, 566th Area Support Medical Company. "If a child in my family was faced with something like cancer I would be honored if someone did this for them."

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