Sabres Players Raise More Than $16,000 to Support WNY Cancer Patients

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BUFFALO, NY — Just days after their hair hit the floor, the five newly shaved Sabres players announced the total raised by Goin’ Bald for Bucks. With funds matched by Cody Hodgson, center for the Sabres, the players raised a total of more than $16,000 to benefit the 31,000 patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI).

Through this donation, Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk, Alexander Sulzer, Brayden McNabb and Mike Weber will help accelerate the start of new research needed to help find cures and save lives. More specifically, funds raised will support the cutting-edge cancer research and patient care programs at RPCI.

“We are so grateful and appreciative to the Buffalo Sabres and the five players who went Bald for Bucks,” said Andrea Gregory, Special Events Manager at RPCI. “This donation will make a significant impact on our patients who benefit from research and patient care programs as they undergo cancer treatment.”

The shaving took place on January 20 at the First Niagara Center, with stylists from Chez Ann salon donating their services for the event. The Buffalo Sabres have been a longtime supporter of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Their ongoing support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of cancer patients throughout our community and around the world.

Bald for Bucks began when Western New Yorker Cathleen George was being treated for cancer in 2002. Her brother, Tony, vowed to keep his head shaved until his sister’s hair grew back. A teacher at Lake Shore High School, Tony shared his mission with his students when one jokingly said he would pay Tony to let him do the shaving. From this bet, Bald for Bucks was born. To date, more than $2.4 million has been raised through Bald for Bucks.

 

Media Contact: 

Katie Essner
Senior Communications Coordinator
716-845-1027, Kathryn.Essner@roswellpark.org