Cancer Society annual fundraiser adds Guinness Book of World Records event
(June 10, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– A firefighter, a 4th-grader, a restaurant owner, two physicians, a business manager and a father and his two sons are just a few of more than 80 people who are raising money for the American Cancer Society by having their heads shaved at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at Boswell Field at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Each participant has felt the devastating effects of cancer either personally or through a loved one.
Coordinated in conjunction with Geneva's Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday, the group is attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark by shaving at least 57 heads in one hour. The Australians currently hold the title of shaving 56 heads. More than 18 local hairdressers and barbers have volunteered for the event.
Pharmacist Linda Equinozzi, chair of the head shaving committee, has agreed to get her head shaved along with her husband Dr. Arthur Equinozzi in memory of his father who died of cancer. They hope the event will raise awareness as much as funds for research. Early detection discovered through annual check-ups is key to beating the disease, she says, adding the community has been very receptive to the cause and as a couple they have raised more than $1,000 in donations so far.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan and retired North Street School Principal Thomas Scherer have agreed to be the official verifiers of the event.
Contributions aid in the Cancer Society's programs of research, education, and service, which are leading to the ultimate goal — the elimination of cancer. Shaving their hair is also done as a sign of solidarity to all of the cancer patients who have had no choice about going bald during treatments.
For more information contact Arlene Eddington, chair of the Relay for Life, at (315) 781-2705.
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