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History of Bald For Bucks

In the spring of 1998, Western New York resident Cathleen George was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. 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. A 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 thirteen 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.

Learn Where The Funds Go

Funds raised through Goin’ Bald for Bucks fuel the ground-breaking research and compassionate patient-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The world-renowned physicians and researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute often have ideas that could change the course of cancer treatment and lead to cancer cures.  But without community support and fundraising, their ideas would never get off the ground.

Generous support from Bald for Bucks participants and the community allows Roswell Park to:

Offer OmniSeq Target, a potentially lifesaving diagnostic test, for patients in need of financial assistance. OmniSeq Target is being used in the care of patients with advanced lung cancer and advanced melanoma, and it allows physicians to recommend personalized therapies based on patients’ individual genetic make-up

Accelerate the development of our promising work on cancer vaccines, which are now being used in patients with solid tumors

Address patients’ emotional and spiritual well-being through quality-of-life services such as support groups, art therapy and pastoral care

Check out our Where the Funds Go piece that you can share with your supporters!

To see more about how your donations are put to work, watch this video.


Ranked high for fiscal responsibility

Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is a good steward of donations, and is ranked among the top charitable organizations for fiscal responsibility by Charity Navigator. Financial Health and Accountability/Transparency are the two criteria used by Charity Navigator to give the Alliance Foundation its high rating. Click here to see our profile on Charity Navigator.

Every gift to Roswell Park makes a difference, and helps us achieve our mission to understand, prevent and cure cancer.

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