The Buffalo Sabres announced the team will partner with the Bald for Bucks initiative and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center throughout the month of February to raise funds to support critical cancer research and patient-care programs.
“The Sabres’ support of our mission makes such a difference in our ability to conduct cutting-edge research and provide compassionate care programs for our patients,” said Candace S. Johnson, Ph.D., Roswell Park president and CEO. “I’m especially grateful for how they are engaging the Western New York community once again in supporting the ‘Goin’ Bald for Bucks’ program like this. I can’t thank them enough for being such an important part of the fight against cancer with us.”
As part of the effort, the Sabres and Bald for Bucks will release limited-edition T-shirts. Donors who contribute $50 or more will receive the T-shirt and have the chance to win autographed merchandise, tickets to future Sabres games and meet-and-greet opportunities.
Prior to the Sabres game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, March 1, Sabres studio analyst Martin Biron will shave his head live on air during the Sabres’ broadcast.
“It is a very simple act of support and kindness that means a lot to many affected by cancer,” Biron said. “We all have somebody in our lives that is dealing with the emotional and physical burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and Bald for Bucks is a great way to help raise funds and awareness.”
“Our organization is proud to partner with Roswell Park once again,” said Rich Jureller, vice president of community relations. “Programs like Bald For Bucks provide a great opportunity to raise funds and help to bring us one step closer to a world without cancer.”
Donations can be made online at Sabres.com/BaldForBucks or at KeyBank Center during the team’s home games on Feb. 1, 9, 15 and 23. All money raised will stay in Western New York, with the goal of accelerating promising research projects and supporting programs that assist patients during their cancer journey.
About Bald for Bucks
“Goin’ Bald for Bucks” began in 2002 when Western New Yorker Cathleen George was being treated for cancer. Her brother, Tony, promised his sister that he would shave his head with her and remain bald until her hair grew back. Tony, a teacher at Lake Shore High School, brought this idea to his students and many offered to help. One student suggested they raise money and then do the shaving, and a fundraiser was born. In the years since the program was founded, thousands of participants across Western New York have joined forces to raise over $4.2 million to help find cures and save lives.
About Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity – by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or [email protected].