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Cancer patient asks Padres player to autograph her head, starts movement to help others

Remember when someone signed your cast when you broke a bone as a kid? What if we could give that feeling of support to cancer patients in San Diego?

SAN DIEGO — What started as a signature from her favorite Padres player has become much more for chemotherapy patient Gina Grosso. 

At Spring Training in Arizona this year, Grosso asked Fernando Tatis Jr. to sign not a baseball card or a notepad, but her head.

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"This year, I'm undergoing chemo and my hair's falling out and I looked at my head one day and said 'you know, I look like a baseball. Maybe I could get him to sign my head,'" said Grosso.

Ever since, Grosso's story has made headlines all over. 

"After a whirlwind of media attention and even a shout-out from Fernando Tatis Jr. himself, I was overwhelmed with the power one simple sign and a Sharpie pen could have on the cancer community," said Grosso, who is fighting breast cancer for her second time.

Grosso wants to spread the love to other people battling cancer, so she pioneered the "chemograph." She's hoping the eye-catching signatures on bald heads will encourage people to donate money that she will pass to the Young Survival Coalition and BKco. 

Credit: Gina Gross and Dr. Hampshire

Grosso's doctor, Dr. Andrew Hampshire at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, said Grosso is unique because of her optimism. Hampshire even signed her head, too!

"Wow, that was actually really fun," he said.

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