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A Lexington teenager is honoring her mother by helping others.

Nineteen-year-old Katie Smoak's mom, Kimberly, died of cancer in August 2012.

Katie's goal was to raise $5,000 for The National Brain Tumor Society.

She said once she hit the goal, she would donate hair to Locks of Love, and then shave the rest off. It only took two weeks for Katie to raise more than $5,000.

On Wednesday, which would have been her mother's 47th birthday, family and friends joined Katie for the big transformation.

"I'm a little nervous, but I'm so excited," said Smoak. "Having all of these people here is very reassuring that this is a good thing."

Katie collected the cut off ponytails in a plastic bag, and will send them to Locks of Love, to help children who have cancer.

"I don't need it. I can grow my own. Somebody else who can't is going to use it and feel really good," said Smoak.

When the shaving finished, the Smoak was filled with emotion.

"It's over now, but boy, it was scary. I'm glad I did it. I would do it again," said Smoak, after feeling her shaved head for the first time.

Even though the woman of honor couldn't physically take part in the event, Katie and her family say they feel her mom's presence more than ever.

"This is going to help people like her. This is going to help people who are sick. This money and this hair," Smoak told her younger brother.

She has already hit her goal, but now, she wants to raise even more money for The National Brain Tumor Society.

You can donate online at gofundme.com/BravingTheShave.

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