SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A number of Toyota of Scranton employees got a buzz haircut on Monday. It is all to help support the Buzz Off Cancer event hosted by Mick’s Barber Shop in Honesdale this weekend. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill was on the cutting edge of this story,
This is what A.J. Wallace looked like when he showed up to work Monday morning.
He had a lot to lose.
Wallace and twelve other co-workers from Toyota of Scranton decided to buzz off their hair for cancer support.
"My finances mother has gone through a couple battles of breast cancer so that's kinda what hits home. It runs a lot in her family" Said A.J. Wallace, Toyota of Scranton Employee.
One-by-one, employees who have been raising money from family and friends took their seat and the hair came off.
It's a symbolic gesture for people batting the disease.
"It is such an easy choice for someone that's not battling cancer. Unfortunately individuals that may be battling cancer don't have a choice to buzz their hair" said Amanda Marchegiani of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.
While the fundraiser was meant for workers, there was a surprise when Toyota business owner Greg Gagorak was challenged on the spot to participate.
He accepted and raised money from his owner workers after a little bit of prodding.
"That would be my wife. She was instigating but very quickly we raised $500 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. A great cause!" noted Gagorak.
This event Monday was a set-up as a way to promote another "buzz off cancer" fundraiser at Mick's Barber Shop in Honesdale.
On Saturday, for a $30 donation, anyone can join the fun.
"You can buzz your beard. You can buzz a mustache, even buzz your eyebrows, we don't care, whatever you want to buzz!" said Michelle Frigoletto, Mick's Barber Shop of Honesdale.
The 4th biennial Buzz Off Cancer event on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Mick’s Barber Shop in Honesdale from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their hair, beard, or mustache buzzed. Buzzees are encouraged to raise donations to support them buzzing off. Each buzzee will receive a Buzz Off Cancer t-shirt while supplies last. The event will also feature a deejay, food, face painting, raffle baskets from local businesses, a video station, and a before and after photo station.
The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.