CVCS raises $4,000 in Bald for Bucks campaign

More than 30 members of the Cassadaga Valley Central School community are sporting a new ‘do.

Students, faculty and community members came together last week for a Bald for Bucks event at the middle/high school.

Students started early in the morning getting their heads shaved and hair cut with 26 students, one community member and nine staff members participating. Students from the BOCES cosmetology program who shaved heads and cut hair were Cheyenne Fabrizio, Heather Harris, Faithann Worden, Alissa Gennuso and Danielle Hitchcock. Local hairdressers from the community who also helped with cutting and shaving were Barb Robbins, Kim Morley and Lauren Martin.

Middle School Principal Rich Siegel said cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. One in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, he said.

“There’s hardly anybody in this audience whose family hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. We have people in this audience that have been through it. It used to be if you had cancer, that was it. We have come a long way in the last 20 years,” Siegel said.

The event was coordinated by Director of Guidance Heather Nocero when student Hannah Verrett approached her last year. Verrett said she got the idea from her cousin, whose school did a Bald for Bucks event. Verrett brought in pictures to Nocero last year and the pair decided it would be better for the assembly to happen during this current school year. Verrett, who had long hair, cut her hair to donate, then shaved the rest of her head.

“All these other kids don’t have a choice, why not (shave my head). It’s for a good cause,” she said.

Jay Josker, senior special events coordinator for Roswell Park, thanked all the students and staff for participating. He said the money raised will help more than 30,000 patients that are seen at the facility in Buffalo.

“I just wanted to come and say thank you to all you guys, everybody who shaved their heads or cut their hair. You guys have no idea what this means to us. You’re making a significant impact on cancer research and patient treatment at Roswell Park,” he said.

The district raised $4,000 for cancer research with the sophomores raising the most with a total of $867. Since the sophomore class raised the most money, they were awarded the honor of deciding which faculty member would shave their head during the assembly. Siegel was the lucky winner.

In addition to the 10th graders raising the most, individual students who raised more than $100 included Verrett who raised $579, Alexis Shaw, $542; Robert DeGolier, $280; Brooke Sears, $105; Billie Best, $100; Mary Vick, $100 and Morgan Perkins, $117. Entertainment for the assembly was provided by local band, Days of Old.

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