On Wednesday, June 15, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will once again join the fight against childhood cancer through the Cut for a Cure to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Buccaneers will participate in the program, raising money and awareness to help eliminate childhood cancer. Buccaneers already committed to have their heads or facial hair shaved by pediatric cancer patients and survivors on June 15 include Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Andrew DePaola, Mike James, Charles Sims, Keith Tandy, and Danny Vitale, as well as Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford.
“The highlight of the offseason is our annual involvement in the Cut for a Cure, as the entire Buccaneer organization comes together to provide funds and bring awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Our players and staff look forward to interacting with these special children and drawing inspiration from the courage and strength they display on a daily basis. I take great personal pride in shaving my head, standing beside them, and providing encouragement on their journeys to a healthier and cancer-free future.”
The Cut for a Cure began earlier this spring as individuals, groups and organizations throughout Tampa Bay made charitable donations and had their heads and facial hair shaved to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. Over the past three years, the Buccaneers have raised more than $60,000 for the cause, and the team is currently leading this year’s fundraising efforts.
Last year, the Cut for a Cure raised over $420,000 to help fund research to eliminate childhood cancer, with a focus on research for less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide.
PewterReport.com readers have donated over $200 to the cause and Pewter Report’s Mark Cook will participate in getting his head shaved on Wednesday. Thanks to all who have contributed.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Thanks to all who have contributed.
Being the father of a son who survived AML when he was 17, I can’t thank those folks enough.
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