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!

Participants from all over 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 cancer patients in both the Western New York and Rochester communities.

Where The Funds Go

Everyone who Goes Bald for Bucks is working together to reach a common goal: curing cancer.

The funds raised from the Buffalo Bald for Bucks program go directly to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations benefitting cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The funds raised from the Rochester Bald for Bucks program go to supporting programming at 13thirty Cancer Connect and cancer research at Roswell Park.

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, pursuing research that can change how we understand, prevent and cure cancer. 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. Donations also help fund 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.

What is 13thirty Cancer Connect?

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 a part of their story. 13thirty is committed to ensuring that teens and young adults with cancer liver their best lives … today!