For the fourth year in a row, Tufts Children's Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Child Life Services Program was the beneficiary of the annual 98.5 The Sports Hub and Shawn Thornton’s Cuts for a Cause event.
On March 26, 2014 more than 1,000 people packed the Boston Park Plaza Hotel to watch Thornton and 20 of his Bruins teammates have their heads shaved. The lucky shavers ranged from auction winners to a few of Tufts Children's Hospital’s pediatric cancer patients.
This year’s Cuts for a Cause raised more than $119,000 for the Child Life Program; a record-breaking success that was the result of a new twist to the event when hospital staff, including former Chief Operating Officer Craig T. Williams, offered up their hair for the cause. Williams was joined by two colleagues and three patient dads. Together these six guys raised more than $40,000 for Cuts for a Cause.
Tony Rossi, Matt Barry and Joshua McGrath are all fathers with children being cared for in the Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. When given the opportunity to raise funds for the Child Life Program at Tufts Children's Hospital - even if it meant shaving their heads - they jumped at the chance.
These dads know firsthand the importance of the program, and were grateful to have the chance to give back to the child life specialists who have helped their families through the challenges of cancer treatment.
“When you find yourself in this position, you feel powerless to help your child. Being able to channel my energy to raise money to directly benefit the care my daughter will receive was a perfect match” said Tony Rossi.
Above and Beyond
Craig T. Williams, former Chief Operating Officer at Tufts Medical Center, was the first to volunteer his hair for the cause. Soon after, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology pharmacist Nate Hartwell and Tufts Children's Hospital social worker Chris Jolliffe stepped up, also throwing their hair into the ring.
Of Hartwell and Jolliffe, Williams says, “If ever there was an example of how our staff goes above and beyond to support our patients, volunteering to shave their heads in solidarity with the patients they treat is certainly a new list topper. It was my honor to be in their company.”