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Going Bald for Grant

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More than 50 firefighters and friends in the City of Watertown banded together Saturday to help a five-year-old continue his fight against leukemia. Our Amanda Kelley tells us how the new haircuts are helping Grant Mullin and his family in more ways than one.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. - - Head by head, hair by hair. More than 50 City of Watertown Firefighters going bald Saturday for a good cause.

City of Watertown Firefighter Kevin Simpson said, "We're all brothers here and one of our own's son has had a traumatic illness come upon him we just wanted to pull together and try and do something for Grant."

5-year old Grant Mullin is fighting a battle against Leukemia and to help keep his spirits up through treatments, these men all shaved their heads to let Grant know they support him 110%.

City of Watertown Firefighter Troy Chisamore said, "It felt different. It's for a good cause and I can't tell you how proud I am being a firefighter here at the city of Watertown today."

Simpson said, "Shaving the head was easy, Grant's the one doing the hard work with the chemo and the spinal tap and everything that he has to go through. He's the tough guy, we're just here to support him."

As these firefighters are going bald for grant they're helping lift the family's spirits but also helping them overcome several obstacles during this difficult time.

Grant's father Allen Mullin said, "My wife actually lost her job at South Jeff just before this happened, and she got picked up by Indian River part time, so we were pretty worried about that, how our finances were going to be once we started the treatments but it hasn't been too bad because people just keep coming forward and donating money so it's been great."

Saturday alone brought in countless donations that will help the Mullins get by, while helping Grant get better. $23,405 dollars total.

City of Watertown Fire Department Battalion Chief Tucker Wiley said, "This is gas money back and forth. If their vehicle isn't running and they need to get it fixed, we don't care. It's for them. If we can do something to make their life a little makes me feel good to think that I might be helping out a little bit."

Giving the Mullin's one less thing to worry about, while they focus on family and helping this little one continue to fight.

Mullin said, "The fire service is I think very unique, they sure have taught us what brotherhood is all about."

A brotherhood the Mullin's say they can't thank enough. The firefighters are also working to raise money for Grant at Saturday's St. Pat's Classic hockey game against the Jefferson County Volunteer Firefighters. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP