Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for children ages 1-14. To help bring awareness of the need for support locally, Southwest Florida community leaders – aka Shavee’s – will have their heads shaved by current and former Golisano Children’s Hospital patients throughout September – childhood cancer awareness month – and you’re invited to watch it happen live on Facebook!
Proceeds from the annual Clips for Cancer event benefit Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital’s cancer fund. Through Barbara’s Friends and generosity community supporters, families can focus on their caring for their child. No child is denied treatment because of their family’s inability to pay for services.
How Can You Help?
In addition to having their heads shaved, each Shavee is raising funds for Barbara’s Friends to help local kids battling cancer. Click here to make a direct donation or select a Shavee to help them reach their personal goal of $2,500!
Interested in having your head shaved? Stop by any Southwest Florida Great Clips location, get your hair cut, make a lifesaving gift to Barbara’s Friends and tag us in a post showing off your new hairdo!
𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐄! 𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐄! 𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐄! Share this campaign and encourage friends and family to be a friend to a child battling cancer. Every donation – no matter the amount – will help a child in our community.
Who You’re Helping
After spiking a high fever, Jordan’s parents took him to Golisano Children’s Hospital in March 2018 at the age of 12. They would then hear the words “𝑱𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓.”
“When Dr. Kelly said the word cancer, Jordan lost it,” said his mom, Christina. “He knows the what cancer is. His grandfather died of cancer two years earlier and Jordan knew it was bad.”
Now at 14, Jordan has turned the corner while he continues treatment for T-cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and is back to playing baseball as he gears up to start the 9th grade virtually at Ida Baker High School this fall.
“It’s been a battle,” said Christina. “I don’t know what we would have done without the team at Golisano Children’s Hospital.”
So grateful for the support he and his family received, Jordan will be kicking off this year’s event on Sept. 1 and is excited to raise awareness to hopefully help other kids like him in their battle with cancer.
History of Clips for Cancer
Clips for Cancer started in 2018 after Golisano Children’s Hospital CAO, Armando Llechu, met a very special girl named Mackenzie. Eleven years ago, on January 29th, 2008, eight-year-old Mackenzie was diagnosed with an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma. Twenty surgeries, thirty radiation treatments, ten months of chemotherapy, and numerous hospital stays would follow. Currently, Mackenzie is battling late-effect complications as a result of the treatments she received to save her life. She is a strong young hero that continues to defy the odds every day.