By Timothy Chipp email@example.com
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — It began as a way to honor the life of someone extremely close to her.
Niagara-Wheatfield Career Mentor Lynn Reed decided she wanted to bring one of Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s most beloved fundraisers to the high school campus. Doing so, she was able to convince, bribe or force 20 staff and students at the school to shave their heads and go Bald For Bucks.
“I lost my husband a few years ago to cancer and I wanted to do something in his memory,” she said. “I felt this was a great way to honor him and raise money for Roswell. We spent a lot of time at Roswell Park, so this was just something I wanted to do.”
Local salons All That Jazz and Ciao will provide the clippers and hairdressers for the event.
She pitched the idea to school leadership at the high school and challenged a few of the leaders to get involved. Eventually, thanks to a friendly wager, principal Timothy Carter jumped on board and has agreed to have his head shaved as well.
Following Carter’s pledge, other staff members and students agreed to join, including the father-and-son team of Jim and Connor Proefrock.
Reed said the support has been unbelievable from everyone involved.
“It’s been so gratifying seeing the support from the school and from my family,” she said. “It’s been such a fulfilling experience for me personally.”
Reed said the fundraiser has a goal of raising $2,000 to help in the fight against cancer. They’re hopeful of success prior to actually shaving their heads as part of a halftime show during the special basketball game at 7 p.m. Monday between the school’s faculty and the Buffalo Sabres alumni. Tickets are $6.
The basketball game is, in itself, also a fundraiser to fight cancer, though it’s on more of a personal note. High school student Nate Brundy was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and is undergoing treatment. The game was organized in part to help his support team, Brundy’s Brigade, cover the costs associated with care and treatment.
Joining the Proefrocks, Carter and a number of other pledges in the shaving fun is the brother-brother team of Andrew and Matthew Canada. Andrew, a junior at the school, said he became involved in the student council this year partially because of Reed’s status as adviser. He said he knew as soon as he was approached by Reed to participate that he’d sacrifice his locks for the cause.
Donations are still being collected and can be made at any time by going online to www.baldforbucks.org and helping the Niagara-Wheatfield team.FUNDRAISER The Bald For Bucks charity basketball game featuring members of Niagara-Wheatfield's faculty versus Buffalo Sabres alumni will take place at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $6. Donations are still being collected online at baldforbucks.org and helping the Niagara-Wheatfield team. Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.