BUFFALO, N.Y. —Four Buffalo Sabres will shave their heads to show solidarity with cancer patients on Feb. 14 as part of the Goin’ Bald for Bucks program, which raises funds for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park).
Mike Weber, Cody Hodgson, Chris Stewart and Marty Biron will be fundraising over the next month and their efforts will culminate in a group shave at First Niagara Center. Cancer patients and Sabres fans will be in the audience to watch the event.
The players are longtime supporters of Roswell Park and they hope to raise $10,000. Community members can help them reach that goal by donating online here. The money the Sabres raise will accelerate the start of new promising research projects, and will also support programs that assist patients during their cancer journey.
“Many people in our community, many of our fans, have been touched by cancer,” said Sabres defenseman Mike Weber. “It is nearly impossible to find someone who has not been impacted by it. The Bald for Bucks program is a fun way for us to get involved and is a visual reminder for people battling cancer that we are in their corner.”
Goin’ Bald for Bucks began in 2002 when Western New Yorker Cathleen George was being treated for cancer. Her brother, Tony, promised his sister that he would shave his head with her and remain bald until her hair grow back. Tony, a teacher at Lake Shore High School, brought this idea to his students and many offered to help. One student suggested that they raise money and then do the shaving. Hence, a fundraiser was born! In the years since the program was founded, thousands of participants across Western New York have joined forces to raise over $3.2 million to help find cures and save lives.
Like the Sabres, any group, company, school or organization can organize a Bald for Bucks event. More information about the program is available at baldforbucks.org.
The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@Roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.
Jessica Bagley, Senior Communications Coordinator