Lancaster High 'Goin' Bald for Bucks'
BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | January 24, 2014
LANCASTER- For the last four years, students and teachers at Lancaster High School have helped raise money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute by “Goin’ Bald for Bucks.”
This year’s “Goin’ Bald for Bucks,” held Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Lancaster High School Gymnasium, raised more than $10,000 for cancer research and patient care support programs at Roswell Park.
More than 70 participants raised funds and then shaved their heads or cut their hair for Locks of Love.
The first “Goin’ Bald for Bucks” was held in 2002 at Lake Shore High School and since then schools, organizations, and individuals have successfully raised $2.4 million in cumulative funds for Roswell. Over the past four years, Lancaster High School has contributed more than $50,000.
It was an emotional day for some students and faculty at Lancaster High School as many who shaved their heads had tears running down their faces.
Lancaster High School Teacher Aide Michelle Lezynski was the only woman faculty member to shave her head. As she sat in a chair and hair slowly fell to the ground, Lezynski began to cry. When asked why she was crying she said, “My husband, Stan, had cancer.”
Stan had testicular cancer and is now cancer free. He was also at the event getting his head shaved.
“Oh my God, it feels refreshing and cold, Lezynski laughed in regard to her new look. “What a pair we are going to be.”
With hair down to her waist, Alex Nowicki, a Lancaster High School freshman, shaved her head as well. Nowicki said her grandparents were affected by cancer and she is happy to donate her hair to Locks of Love.
“I never saw myself doing this, but people deserve a better life and I’m glad I can give them my hair,” Nowicki said.
This year’s Lancaster’s “Bald for Bucks” was organized by Megan Warrington and Hannah Reimer, both members of the senior class executive board, who chose this as their Leadership and Action project.
Warrington said cancer is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide each year.
“Today, we’re coming together in the fight for a world without cancer,” remarked Warrington.
Working on the project since November, Warrington, who donated her hair last year to Locks of Love, commented when she heard about “Goin’ Bald for Bucks” she knew she wanted to take this on as her project.
“Just look at how many peoples’ lives are affected by cancer,” remarked Warrington. “I just really wanted a chance to do something that would make a difference. My grandmother passed away from bladder cancer and my grandfather is a cancer survivor. So, it has touched my family.”
Reimer added it is a great cause and a great way to bring the school together.
“I always liked the idea of having the whole school come together and being apart of something so big,” she said. “My mom has also been affected by cancer so it hits home and it’s just nice to do something like this.”
As part of their project, Warrington and Reimer were able to get hairstylists from Great Clips, LPN Hair Designs, and Supercuts to cut or shave the hair of the many participants.
For more information on “Goin’ Bald for Bucks” visit www.baldforbucks.org or visit www.roswellpark.org.