Goin’ Bald for Bucks began when Western New Yorker Cathleen George was being treated for cancer in 2002. Her brother, Tony, vowed to keep his head shaved until his sister’s hair grew back. A teacher at Lake Shore High School, Tony shared his mission with his students and many of them offered to help him support his sister. One of the students suggested they raise money before shaving their heads — and hence, Goin’ Bald for Bucks was born.
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.
Funds raised through Goin’ Bald for Bucks support adolescent and young adult programs at 13thirty Cancer Connect as well as cutting-edge research and compassionate patient-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. One hundred percent of the funds raised in Rochester stay in Western New York.
13thirty Cancer Connect educates, supports and connects teenagers and young adults with cancer through fun and empowering peer support activities, interactive resources, and helpful programs for their families. By addressing the unique challenges of this age group, teens and young adults have a place where they can just be themselves and where cancer is only part of their story. We are committed to ensuring that teens and young adults with cancer live their best lives… today!