Summer 2014

Buzz Cuts for Cancer

Cuts for a Cause raises money for Floating Hospital

A bunch of tough-guy hockey players, hospital executives and fathers of children undergoing cancer treatment at Floating Hospital for Children had their heads shaved this spring at the seventh annual Cuts for a Cause charity event, held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Craig T. Williams, the former chief operating officer at Tufts Medical Center (TMC), was one of the participants, along with with Nate Hartwell, a pediatric hematology/oncology pharmacist at TMC, the 300W buzzcutsfathers of three Floating Hospital patients, and a score of Boston Bruins players, including Shawn Thornton—celebrity sponsor of the event each year—who had volunteered to support pediatric cancer care at the Floating, among other charitable causes.

This was the first time that TMC employees had actively participated in the head-shaving. “I’m fortunate to have three healthy kids and a healthy head of hair,” Williams told the newspaper Sampan. “If I can help kids battling cancer by raising money from those who would love to see me bald, it’s something I’m more than happy to do.” 

Hartwell felt much the same way. A Haverhill resident, he and his wife, Kacey, were expecting their first child in July. “I am so proud to work with these patients and their families,” he said. “It’s inspiring to see them overcome the incredible challenges that they face on a daily basis. Shaving my head for Cuts for a Cause is a great way to raise money and give back to these amazing kids.”

Fans bid online for the chance to shave their favorite hockey player. The event raised more than $118,000.

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