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Markell goes Bald for Bucks and inspires his community

Markell is a 7th grader at Tonawanda Middle School and any chance he gets to help make his community a better place, he takes it. Last year, Markell’s school offered him a chance to do something awesome – go Bald for Bucks and raise funds for cancer patients – and he jumped at the opportunity.

“When I found out that we were [going] Bald for Bucks last year, I wanted to try something new, but I didn’t know it was going to be that big!” Markell said.

Markell’s head shaving event turned into something bigger than he could have ever imagined! On his big shave date, because the event had to be socially distanced, Markell’s teachers surprised him with a car parade to drive by and cheer him on!

“I was really excited because some of my older teachers came, and a bunch of my family and friends came.”

Markell was one of his team’s top fundraisers and raised $1,000 for cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He says he would do it again.

“I think I am going to do it a lot more now that I know how much it could really help people out, so I am definitely going to do it another year, and maybe I will see if my friends will do it.”

Markell’s spirit of giving and desire for change not only impacts him, but he hopes will inspire those who know him to participate, too.

We couldn’t agree more, Markell! If you are looking for a way to do something good this holiday season, go Bald for Bucks.

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