BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just over 10 years ago “Bald for Bucks” started with a gesture made by Anthony George, a history teacher at Lake Shore High School, toward his sister.
“Back in 2002, my sister Kathy had been struggling with breast cancer for four years and she had suffered a reoccurrence and at that moment I told her I would shave my head so she wouldn’t be bald alone. When I told my students what I was up to, many of the boys in class offered to do it with me and that’s really where Bald for Bucks started, in my history class,” George said.
From there it spread to other schools and now they have over 50 events and have raised over $2.5 million for Roswell Park.
Being from Western New York and a lifelong Buffalo Sabres fan, George said it was a dream of his to get the players involved.
“We expressed an interest to them and once they heard what it was and what is was about they jumped on board. It didn’t take very much to persuade them,” George said.
Five Sabres jumped on board: Alexander Sulzer, Mike Weber, Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk, and Brayden McNabb all went Bald for Bucks.
Hodgson told News 4 that he had planned to get his hair cut but let his curls go for a month for the event.
Donations can be made to the individual players or the team as a whole. The person who makes the largest donation to a player will win an autographed jersey.
Hodgson will be making a donation of his own. He has promised to match the donations received to the entire team.
“I just like kids and you never want to see cancer at any age. I just feel like it effect kids so deeply that one day we would like to have a world without it,” he said.