Most men spend their whole lives worried about going bald, but Friday Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and several current players will volunteer to lose their hair in an effort to raise money and show a sign of support for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
At some point this week Bucs general manager Mark Dominik was probably found rummaging through the old supply closets at One Buc looking for one of former head coach John McKay’s old floppy golf hats.
After Friday he will need it.
Friday morning one of the healthiest heads of hair in the Tampa Bay area will be gone, as Dominik and more than a dozen Buccaneers will shave their heads to show a sign of support for children battling cancer.
"Pediatric cancer is something we can find a cure for," Dominik told PewterReport.com on Thursday. "The PCF (Pediatric Cancer Foundation) works directly with clinical trials to attempt to do that. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have teamed up with the PCF to raise money and awareness for children and their families to help find a cure. We have teamed up with PCF for multiple events this season, and in the past, and is a cause we strongly believe in."
Besides Dominik, linebacker Mason Foster, quarterback Josh Freeman, wide receiver Mike Williams and a handful of other Bucs players will have their heads shaved as part of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Fourth Annual Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge. The Buccaneers will welcome children who have previously battled or are currently battling cancer to assist with Friday's head shaving. The Buccaneers have a goal of raising $20,000 towards the cause.
The Buccaneers and Dominik, a Pediatric Cancer Foundation board member, proudly support the nonprofit's efforts towards providing medical research, programming and pediatric care for children and their families battling pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
Each year, members of the Buccaneers serve as celebrity runway escorts for young girls battling cancer at the annual Fashion Funds the Cure fashion show to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. In the fall of 2012, the Buccaneers hosted children and families affected by pediatric cancer to kick off National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by dedicating a "Wall of Hope" at One Buccaneer Place, which was displayed throughout September of 2012 as a daily reminder of the Buccaneers' commitment to pediatric cancer research.
And for the past five years, Economos has sponsored the Johnny Ferlita Memorial Fishing Tournament to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
This spring, organizations throughout Tampa Bay have lent their support in the fight against cancer through the Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge. Below are a list of members of the Buccaneers organization who have committed to join the cause and will have their heads shaved by pediatric cancer patients at One Buccaneer Place:
• General Manager Mark Dominik
• Kicker Connor Barth
• Safety Ahmad Black
• Linebacker Jonathan Casillas
• Long Snapper Andrew Economos
• Linebacker Mason Foster
• Quarterback Josh Freeman
• Linebacker Ka'lial Glaud
• Safety Cody Grimm
• Punter Michael Koenen
• Quarterback Dan Orlovsky
• Tackle Mike Remmers
• Offensive lineman Cody Wallace
• Wide Receiver Mike Williams– Part of this report was supplied by the Buccaneers Communication Department
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