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 once again.
In the spring of 2002, Cathleen experienced a severe headache while at work that prompted her to seek medical attention. Doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumor and three tumors on both 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. One of the students suggested they raise donations before shaving their heads — and so, 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.
Since its inception, Goin’ Bald for Bucks has raised more than $5.5 million to benefit cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center with schools, individuals and organizations across the United States Goin’ Bald.
Participants shave their heads, grow their beards, donate their hair or style their locks to support those fighting cancer. When you Go Bald for Bucks, you stand in solidarity with the 36,000+ patients who turn to Roswell Park each year for hope.
What is Roswell Park?
Founded in 1898 as the nation’s first cancer research center, Roswell Park grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park. This highly respected surgeon believed that investigations in the lab and the clinic should go hand-in-hand. Roswell Park has offered its patients this combined approach to cancer care for well over a century.
Today, Roswell Park is one of the leading cancer facilities in the country, treating more than 36,000 patients each year and pursuing research that can change how we understand, prevent and cure cancer. That expertise also enhances the training of the next generation of physician leaders.
Growing Research to Have a Global Impact
Roswell Park has many researchers who bring their expertise to patients through innovative cancer therapies. The funds raised through Goin’ Bald for Bucks help researchers investigate new treatment options and facilitate clinical trials for both common and rare types of cancers.
Quality-of-Life Programs at Roswell Park
The faculty and staff at Roswell Park are committed to developing impactful, quality-of-life programs for its patients and their families. Many times, the best ideas on how to help patients come from the professionals who are spending each day with them.
Once a year, faculty and staff at Roswell Park can submit a quality of life proposal for consideration. A committee board evaluates and selects the best submissions, and those ideas are funded and implemented into Roswell Park. This process is a great way to ensure that our quality-of-life programs are being cultivated by the dedicated professionals seeing patients each day. Donations raised through Bald for Bucks go directly to funding these quality-of-life programs, such as free wigs and head coverings for patients available at Roswell Park’s Resource Center and comfort kits for our patients’ overnight hospital stays.
Donate With Confidence
Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, gives Roswell Park Alliance Foundation a four-star rating, which is their highest seal of approval. This rating takes into account how Roswell Park Alliance Foundation allocates its funds to categories like fundraising, administrative costs and program growth. The Foundation is proud to receive this recognition for charitable excellence. We’ll keep on funding cutting-edge research and patient support programs for as long as it takes to cure cancer.