Community helps Woodland Park girl with cancer

Dana Molina, Multimedia Journalist/Telemundo Anchor, dana.molina@krdo.com
POSTED: 09:10 PM MST Nov 11, 2012 
WOODLAND PARK, Colo. -

Hundreds shaved their head or dyed their hair at the Summit Salon and Beauty School Sunday to raise money for a Woodland Park teenager with cancer.

Aspen Heidekrueger, 13, was diagnosed with leukemia about a month ago. She has had trouble fighting the disease because she has multiple chemical sensitivity, which makes her allergic to some of the chemotherapy. Those close to her say the last month hasn't been easy.

"She's in the hospital and then she'll come home, and then she'll have to go back into the hospital and come home," said Woodland Park Church of Nazarene Youth Pastor Ben Umbel. "It's just this real up and down."

Family members, friends, classmates and even strangers raised money to help pay for Heidekrueger's medical bills. They held an auction and sold T-shirts and baked goods.

Heidekrueger's sister said the chemotherapy has already caused Aspen Heidekrueger to lose a lot of hair. On Sunday, many shaved their head to show their support. Others dyed some of their hair orange.

Before the event, the community had already raised $7,000. They hoped to raise much more on Sunday.

To help Heidekrueger, you can contact the Woodland Park Church of the Nazarene or the Summit Salon and Beauty School.