The long and short of going Bald for Bucks: Austin’s perspective

Here's Why You Should Join This Life-Changing Movement

By Austin Russell, a 2023 graduate of Lake Shore High School

I’m going to preface this by saying that Bald for Bucks is incredibly important to me and my family. I’ve been doing it for more than a decade now, and to say it’s a minor aspect of my life would be a pretty sizeable understatement. I love participating and I love fundraising.

Okay, now that I got my bias out of the way, why should you participate

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"Bald for Bucks means fundraising for an amazing cause. Donating directly to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, your work in fundraising goes straight toward helping fight the battle against cancer. "

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The Long and Short on Why to go Bald for Bucks

I have two answers for this question: a short answer and a long one. And yes, I’m starting with the long answer, because I like it more. 🙂 First off, Bald for Bucks means fundraising for an amazing cause. Donating directly to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, your work in fundraising goes straight toward helping fight the battle against cancer.

Not only that, but by fundRAISING you’re also RAISING awareness of the issue. (See what I did there?) Awareness is important, as it helps shine a light on cancer research that normally would go unseen by most people. So, already, you’re helping in two different ways, both financially and socially.

 

Speaking of socially, do you know how many people you get to meet by participating? A TON. I’ve met so many different people through fundraising, whether it be other fundraisers, people who also care about cancer research and helping patients, or people in the community who just love to help any way they can. And I’ve even made some friends and bonded with old friends through Bald for Bucks. I’ll say it’s a really solid way to meet people. 

Answering the Call to Give Back

Now I know that this is all pretty convincing, but I bet you’re still on the fence … probably with the whole head-shaving stuff. People like their hair. I do, too! But shaving your head means so much more than just going Bald. It is THE symbol for the entire fundraiser. Shaving your head is what STARTED this fundraiser all the way back with Mr. Tony George and his class. It is, to me, an honor to shave your head bald, and I don’t say that lightly. It is a statement that says, “I stand with them.” It says that you are in the fight alongside those affected by cancer. You may not be on the frontlines, but you’re doing your part to help, however big or small that may be. And if you don’t want to shave your head? Try cutting or dying it!

Now, after all this talk, you probably forgot that this was all the long answer, and truth be told I could go on longer. For your sake, I’ll finish up with the short answer, nice and sweet: WHY NOT PARTICIPATE?! It isn’t hard to shave your head, and any hair salon or barbershop can do it! Fundraising is also super easy with social media like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etcetera! Don’t be afraid. Don’t hesitate to join. GO BALD FOR BUCKS!

Sincerely, 
Austin Russell

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