BOSTON (Mar. 18) – Boston, MA – Craig T. Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Tufts Medical Center, Nate Hartwell, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist, Christopher Jolliffe, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social Worker at Floating Hospital for Children and three fathers of Floating Hospital patients who are currently undergoing cancer treatment, will all join Shawn Thornton and his Boston Bruins teammates in shaving their heads at “Cuts for a Cause” on Wednesday, March 26 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
This is the first year that Medical Center employees and families have participated in the head shaving. Unlike the player auctions, where Bruins fans bid on the opportunity to shave the head of their favorite player, the five are collecting donations in support of the Child Life Services program in Floating Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit in exchange for agreeing to shave their heads.
Williams has served as Tufts Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer since November 2012. He lives in Wakefield, Mass. with his wife CarolAnn and their three children. “I’m fortunate to have three healthy kids and a healthy head of hair,” said Williams. “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 has been a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology pharmacist at Floating Hospital for Children for a year and a half. A Haverhill resident, Hartwell and his wife, Kacey, are expecting their first child in July. “I am so proud to work with these patients and their families. It’s inspiring to see them overcome the incredible challenges that they face on a daily basis,” said Hartwell. “Shaving my head for Cuts for a Cause is a great way to raise money and give back to these amazing kids.”
Tony Rossi, Matt Barry and Joshua McGrath, all fathers of children battling cancer in the Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Floating Hospital for Children, will be shaving their heads as well.
Rossi, his wife Kallie and their four-month-old daughter Sophie, live in Newburyport, Mass. Last month, Sophie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia at Floating Hospital. “She’s too young to know or care about losing her hair,” said Rossi. “But if I can do this to raise awareness and funds to support the incredible care she’s receiving at Floating Hospital, I won’t give it a second thought.”
Barry and his wife Gina from Stoneham and McGrath and his wife Kristen from Kingston both have sons being treated for cancer and look forward to showing their boys that there is no shame in being bald.
To support them visit their fundraising pages:
Who: Floating Hospital for Children, The Boston Bruins and the Shawn Thornton Foundation
Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014
Time: VIP: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m; General Session: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA
How: General Admission tickets are still available; You can also bid on opportunities to shave the heads of your favorite Boston Bruins player.
About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.