Buffalo, NY (WKBW) – The mustaches have disappeared and inches of hair have fallen off the floor of the Seneca Street barbershop where members of the Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Club go bald for bucks.
“Everyone knows someone with cancer, so it means something,” said Nils Kremian, who grew a beard and shaved his head on Friday.
It’s personal for this group, as four of the club’s members have had or are currently dealing with cancer.
“They are all friends, so we wanted to support our friends, so we formed Bald for Bucks Team Up,” Karimian said.
Team Up is spinning a token fundraiser. They document everything and post funny videos on YouTube to encourage people to join them, hoping they will become a “good spread”. All the money they raise benefits Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The goal is to reach $5,000 by the end of the year and they are well on their way. Kevin Crosby leads the group and has so far raised $2,100.
“Whether it’s $25 or $100 whatever, it all pays off because it supports research that improves care and I’m a direct beneficiary now,” Crosby said.
Crosby was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year.
“I’m starting to lose my hair,” Crosby said. “I’m halfway through chemotherapy at Roswell.”
While he and his Rotary family feel a little lighter and softer on top, they’ll spend the rest of this year trying to get you to join them.
“You don’t have to shave,” Karimian said. “You can shave, cut, or grow a beard! It’s called a beard for bucks.”
It’s about getting together, raising money, and making people smile.
“I am very confident that I will be cancer-free in a couple of months. There is no rhyme or reason why people get sick or get cancer. Instead of worrying about it, have a positive attitude about what you are going to do to improve the future and I am very positive,” Crosby said.
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