For the second year in a row, Springville Elementary School students and staff went Bald for Bucks last week, raising over $9,000 for cancer research.
SES Principal Chris Scarpine, who returned to Springville in the fall of 2016 after working in Lake Shore for a couple years, saw the success of Bald for Bucks at the elementary school level there and wanted to bring it to Springville.
The Bald for Bucks story begins in the spring of 1998, when Western New York resident Cathleen George was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, according to the Bald for Bucks website. Although she was optimistic, there was a long history of breast cancer in her family and the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes. Cathleen opted to have a double mastectomy, followed by six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.
For two years her cancer was in remission but in 2000, Cathleen found a tumor on her left chest wall. She had a t-cell replacement and her cancer went into remission again. In the spring of 2002, Cathleen experienced a severe headache while at work that prompted her to seek medical attention. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor and three tumors on her lungs.
As she underwent more surgery, chemo and radiation, Cathleen’s brother, Tony, told her he would shave his head with her and not let his hair grow back until hers did.
As teacher at Lake Shore High School, Tony began talking about his mission with his students and many of them offered to support his sister as well. One of the students suggested they raise donations before shaving their heads — and hence, Goin’ Bald for Bucks was born. In its first year, Tony and 36 Lake Shore students raised $3,600.
On March 13, 2004, Cathleen George lost her battle with cancer. Her spirit now lives on through Goin’ Bald for Bucks.
More than 13 years after its inception, Goin’ Bald for Bucks has raised more than $4.8 million to benefit research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute with schools, individuals and organizations across the United States Goin’ Bald.
Goin’ Bald for Bucks is a great, visual way to show your support for the 34,000 patients who turn to Roswell Park for hope each year, all while having an unforgettable time! Participants raise funds and then shave their heads or cut their hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Great job to everyone who helped make this worthwhile cause a success!