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Published December 16, 2011, 10:20 PM

Students in Northwood 'Shave For Dave,' a Teacher With Cancer

NORTHWOOD, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A chemistry teacher at Northwood School is battling his second bout with cancer, but he's not in the fight alone.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

NORTHWOOD, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A chemistry teacher at Northwood School is battling his second bout with cancer, but he's not in the fight alone.

Students at Northwood School are showing their support in a very special way.

The kids at Northwood, staff, and members of the community gathered Friday to support their chemistry teacher, David Hedland.

And they did it in a rather visual way.

For the past five years, Hedland has been battling prostate cancer. That cancer recently spread to his bones, forcing him to undergo chemotherapy. But his students didn't want him to lose his hair alone.

"The junior boys who were his students felt like they wanted to do something, and the girls all wanted to do something," science teacher Mike Voglewede said.

So, they teamed up, with girls shaving the heads of all the boys. Aside from just sacrificing their hair, students raised nearly $6,000 help pay for the medical expenses of their beloved teacher, who was left speechless.

"This was just an absolute surprise to me," Hedland said.

"It's amazing. I didn't expect this type of turnout and amount of money raised. That's the benefit of living in a small town I guess," Voglewede said.

17 junior boys were planning to shave their heads, but their action inspired audience members to step down from the stands and have their heads shaved as well. Some staff members also joined in.

"I'm sad to see my hair go, but it'll grow back, just like Dave's," Voglewede said.

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