Hundreds of people gathered at the Jones County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon to show support for the son of Monticello Police Chief Britt Smith. About six months ago, 5-year-old Austin Smith was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when doctors discovered a brain tumor. The rally for Austin involved an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most heads shaved in an hour. Kevin Smith, Austin’s grandfather, told our news partner KCRG-TV9 that he wanted to make sure he was first in line.
Organizers of the event reported 417 people had their heads shaved — well above the goal of 372. Austin’s mother, Mikinzie Smith, says that means a lot.
Organizers documented everything to present to the Guinness Book of World Records with videos and photos. As for Austin and his battle with cancer, his mother says he finished radiation at the end of March, and they’re now working with their doctor to find alternative treatments. (Photo and story courtesy of news partner KCRG-TV9/Radio Iowa)