'Bald is Beautiful' Shave Event Raises Money for Local Cancer Survivor

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The first thing you notice about 24 year old Tiffani Barber is her bright smile.

"Oh gosh, she has a very contagious smile," Barber's friend Bethany Deacy said. "She always use to say, 'Always smile because you don't know who's falling in love with it.'"

That's advice Barber continues to follow, even when faced with a life-threatening disease.

In December 2012, Barber suffered two minor seizures at work. Further testing showed Barber had a giant cell glioblastoma, a rapidly growing malignant brain tumor. By the time she was diagnosed, Barber was already in stage 4.

Barber had surgery to remove the tumor, and as a result, part of her head was shaved.

Her remaining hair started falling out as she began chemotherapy treatments to battle the cancerous tumor. But Barber wouldn't have to be alone for long.

Friends and family decided to show their support, and shave their heads. They also wanted to raise money to help Barber pay for her medical bills.

At Salon Chocolat in Carson City Sunday, a crowd of people pushed through the doors, everyone eager to shave their heads. The 'Bald is Beautiful' event organized by Barber and her friends originally had 11 women shaving their heads in a show of support.

For a small donation, hair dressers began shaving heads, and thanks to a close knit community it turned into something much bigger.

"It's so incredible," Barber said. "It's such a good feeling!"

All throughout her battle, Barber has kept a positive attitude inspiring everyone she meets.

"She's always been my hero, and just having this come at her, and her being so strong, it just made her be my hero even more," Bailee Barber, Tiffani's younger sister said.

Even strangers wanted to help.

"I actually don't know Tiffani," Teresa Chalmers said. " I have a lot of friends who know her, and I've heard she's an amazing person. So I just wanted to come out and support her and raise money for her."

Cancer may have taken Tiffani's hair, but there is one thing that will never disappear-her smile.

"She's still like that," her dad Brad Barber said. "A positive attitude and just happy no matter what."

Though the chemo takes it's toll, Tiffani won't let it keep her down. She continues to teach and train in the intense workout called Crossfit, and she says there's nothing that will get in her way.

"I have to still live, and I'm not going to let it define me," she said.

If you'd like to make a contribution to help pay for medical bills, an account has been set up at U.S. Bank in Tiffani's name. The account number is 153755621155, routing number 121201694.


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