Son's cancer diagnosis empowers father to shave own head for St. Baldrick's

Jason Babiak's son, Dawson, was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. In support of his son, Babiak shaved his head to benefit cancer research.

BYRON CENTER, MICH. - There were lots of locks Sunday at the 84th Street Pub and Grille as more than 100 men and women got their heads shaved to support St. Baldrick's Foundation.

The signature head shaving event raises funds for children's cancer research.

"November 17, 2014 -- he was diagnosed with leukemia," Jason Babiak said.

Babiak still remembers the day he got the news about his then 4-year-old son, Dawson.

"It was actually a phone call at 10 o'clock at night that we received," Babiak said. "I'm a school teacher, so I thought it was one of my students playing a prank on me.

But it wasn't a prank.

"Then the doctor on the line said, 'You need to go to emergency,'" Babiak said. "It was the toughest day of my life."

The young father never saw this coming.

"Get married, have a couple kids, have nice house and you think life is good-great, everything is going well and all of a sudden there's a shock that your son has a life-threatening illness -- cancer," Babiak said.

It's a daily struggle for his family.

"One day he's perfectly fine, the next he's doubled over in a lot of pain," Babiak said. "It was a nightmare, and it still is a nightmare for many many families."

He's going under the clippers for Dawson.

"Every time I look at my son, I see hope, I see if he can do this, I can do it," Babiak said. "I'm so proud of him. I thank God every single day that my son is with us, so don't lose hope."

Prior to the event, Babiak raised $6,000 for cancer research. If you'd like to keep up with Dawson's recovery process, his family has created a Facebook page: Prayers for Dawson.

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