A life lesson at Rochester’s World of Inquiry School that you won’t find in any textbook. A dozen students and teachers shaved their heads in order to raise money for cancer research. They were part of the “Bald for Bucks” campaign.
Teacher Kerry Robertson has been growing her hair for two years in anticipation of Wednesday’s shave. A stylist snipped and clipped Robertson as a tribute to her aunt who died of cancer this past summer.
“People say I’m brave, but it’s nothing compared to what people who go through cancer have to go through,” says Robertson. “There’s a lot of women who don’t get to choose to do this. So, choosing this on my own and showing that support I think is a good message for the kids to learn and that we can think outside of ourselves. And good things will come back to us.”
Eighth grader Eddie Clausell got his head shaved to raise money for cancer patients in their teens and twenties. Clausell says, “It feels awesome. I was kind of nervous at first, but it was awesome. But, I did the right thing. So, it felt awesome.”
The money raised will help benefit cancer research at Buffalo’s Roswell Cancer Center and 13thirty Cancer Connect, a non-profit that that provides resources to teenager and young adults with cancer.
Joshua Symer, who is part of 13thirty, says,”These kids, it’s a great thing for them to be involved civically and to raise some money and to learn how much of an impact they really have. Then just to have a whole bunch of fun doing it.”
A step outside the traditional classroom to learn first-hand what it feels like to give back.