Firefighters Shave Heads to Raise Money for Fellow Firefighter with Cancer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  A firefighter who's battled blazes for 21 years in Kansas City got some financial and emotional support Saturday in his fight against cancer.

In June, Jerry Bayton, 47, was diagnosed with mulitple myeloma, a kind of bone marrow cancer.

For weeks friends, family and members of the Kansas City Fire Fighter's union have raised money to help pay for some of Bayton's medical bills by having their heads shaved.

"I can't put into words how it makes me feel, it's overwhelming," Bayton said.

Bayton's wife Vikki says she doesn't know how much his care and life-saving stem cell transplant will eventually cost but she plans on treating the bills like a mortgage and making payments every month until they're paid off.

On Saturday, the head-shaving event raised a total of $28,299.

To make a donation, you can go to any U.S. Bank location in the metro area and contribute to the Jerry Bayton fund.

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