BONIFAY - Allie Smith isn't your typical 12 year old girl. She's raising money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and will be shaving her head.
"Oh boy. I mean I'm going to miss my hair definitely, but I'm pretty sure I'm doing the right thing," Smith said.
The non-profit organization helps fund research for childhood cancer cures. Allie suffers from a rare condition herself. Her optic nerves and pituitary gland never developed.
"It gets in my way so I can't play basketball, softball, I can't do what all other kids do," Smith said.
Last June, Allie had to go to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola for a week because of her condition.
That's where she learned about four year old Carolyn Hendrix's battle with bone cancer.
"She's always smiling. Never frowning. That's what caught me. She's always smiling," Smith said.
She keeps track of Carolyn's progress by logging onto Facebook several days a week. She's the reason why Allie is raising $3,000 for the St. Baldrick's foundation.
"It's just Allie. It's the way she is. She's got a big heart and she's compassionate toward anyone. She just thinks there needs to be more done for research for children with cancer," Dena McCormick, Allie's Mother said.
"I didn't want to just donate. Donating is a big part of it, but I wanted to do more than just donate," Smith said.
When she does go bald, she plans to donate her hair to Locks of Love.
Allie plans to shave her head before the June 22nd Pensacola Wahoo's minor league baseball game.
If you would like to help out Allie and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, log onto http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/717191/2014.