Shaven Rabbis Near Anti-Cancer Fundraising Goal

CHICAGO (KRON) — Three dozen close-shaven rabbis say they’re close to reaching their goal to raise $613,000 in honor of a young boy who lost his battle with cancer.

The “36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave” campaign has so far raised more than 93% of the goal. People are pledging money for the shaven rabbis in honor of Samuel Asher Sommer, the son of one of the project’s founders who passed away in December of Leukemia.

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Supporters describe the project participants as “very devoted rabbis who are yearning to do something. We couldn’t save Sammy; perhaps, though, we can save others like him. And spare other parents like Phyllis and Michael from the pain of telling their child that there is nothing that the doctors can do to save his life.”

As of the latest count, more than 70 people had agreed to shave in honor of Sammy.

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