Going Bald for Bucks

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Whether they are shaving it all off or just getting a trim, students at South Buffalo Charter School are making a difference.
“This is our fifth year doing bald for bucks and each year it’s been very successful,” School Nurse and Bald For Bucks Committee Member Beth Maloney said.
They say each year the community go the extra mile to help Roswell Cancer Institute and their fight to battle the disease.
“Considering we are such a small school in the district and we stand alone we really come so far in the last few years. We started at about $5,000 and we come up to about $20,000 and we are hoping to break that this year,” Teacher and Bald for Bucks Committee Member Kelly Arroyo said.
Isabella Sciortino cut off all of this beautiful hair and donated a big chunk of change.
“I raised $1260. I'm doing this for cancer. My Papa Babe died of cancer and I never got to meet him. I'm doing it for him and little girls who have cancer. They don't have hair and I never want them to feel like they’re not good enough. So I want to give them hair and make them feel pretty about themselves,” Sciortino said.
Staff at the school also gave up some luscious locks for a good cause. My husband, who is also the Assistant Principal, got his hair cut for the cause. Others staff members say a little hair can go long way for cancer research.
“My grandfather died of cancer when I was real young so hopefully we can make a difference and find a cure,” Guidance Counselor Lemuel Graham said.
First Grader Alex Ruggiero had a bit of a different reason for shaving his head but still a very noble cause.
“Because my mom wanted me to,” Ruggiero said.
He said he's almost unrecognizable.
“My grandma said when i come home she might not even know it is me,” Reggiero said.
Some of the girls even got the spa treatment getting a manicure for a few bucks, all going toward research. Along with the hair-cutting event at the school, student, staff and the community also went to other Bald For Bucks fundraisers in the passed months that proved to be worth the effort.
“It's amazing. Every year you walk into the gym and the energy is unbelievable. It's just been phenomenal,” Arroyo said.

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