Kris St. James has been growing out his hair and beard for about five months now. It was time for it to go. But we couldn't just do it in any old way. So we invited some special friends into the studio today to get it done.

Kayleigh Johnson, 9, is a student at Dolby Elementary. Last year, she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), a disease that squeezes air out of the lungs. Basically, the blood pressure in her lungs is so high, it restricts her breathing. That, in turn, puts tremendous strain on her heart.

There's no known cause or cure for the disease. Survival rates aren't great. So we invited Kayleigh in this morning to help get the word out about her illness and to bring it to your attention. We had a lot of fun, but it was all for a very serious cause.

Check out Kayleigh's Facebook page, or find out more information about the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Donate, if you can.

Also, our friends at KPLC TV 7 came by this morning, too, to join in with us!

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana