FORT MYERS, FL (Sept. 19, 2019) – As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, City of Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson will be among dozens of doctors and team members, community leaders and influential individuals from Southwest Florida to have their heads shaved by pediatric cancer patients. This second annual event takes place on Friday, September 27 in the main atrium of Golisano Children’s Hospital, located at 9981 South Healthpark Drive, Fort Myers.
To raise awareness and drive philanthropic support that will help local children with cancer, these “hero sidekicks” are asking the Southwest Florida community to come together and make donations to Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. For more than 20 years, Barbara’s Friends has supported lifesaving cancer care for children across Southwest Florida at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program is the only program of its kind in Southwest Florida, and no child is denied treatment or turned away as a result of their family’s inability to pay for care.
Mayor Henderson will have his head shaved by Sarai, a six-year-old pediatric cancer patient. Sarai hopes to complete chemo and end weekly visits to the hospital this October. She will still come back for regular checkups, but her goal is to be a first-grader and make it through the full year of school.
“When our children are suffering from this wretched disease called cancer, we are compelled to rally for them and with them any way possible,” commented Mayor Randy Henderson. “We know they can fight it off with our help and encouragement when combined with modern medical advances. Let’s all join to embrace this challenge with and for our children.”
The head-shaving event demonstrates community support and solidarity in the fight against childhood cancer. Twenty-eight local Great Clips salons are donating their time and skills to clean up the “sidekicks” after the pediatric patients have finished shaving.
For more information about the event and helping kids with cancer, go to LeeHealthFoundation.org/ClipsForCancer.