Residents join Kids Cancer Buzz Off

Residents join Kids Cancer Buzz Off

Two area residents have pledged to shave their heads to help support children and families touched by pediatric cancer, and they'll join more than 1,000 fellow "buzzees," including New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski in a shaving event at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 8.

Lincoln resident Jeanne Michon has joined the "buzz off" in honor of her nephew Justin, a childhood cancer survivor.

A hospice worker for 25 years, Michon said she pledged to shave her head because she's seen many families touched by the disease, including her own.

"It's only hair and it will grow back," Michon said.

Fifteen-year-old Dante Branconier of Woonsocket is also taking part.

Branconier is shaving his head in memory of Aydan J. Nyberg, an 8-year-old Cumberland boy who died last year after a prolonged fight against cancer. Branconier's mother was close friends with Nyberg's.

"Aydan J. Nyberg will always be their super hero," a release on the Buzz Off explained.

The money raised will go toward One Mission, a local nonprofit organization that provides support for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The event, which is now in its fifth year, also aims to provide a show of solidarity and support for those courageously fighting cancer.

Gronkowski, who's served as a tight end for the Patriots since 2010, is the featured celebrity at the Buzz Off. In addition to shaving his own head, "Gronk," as he is known, will be buzzing several lucky and brave volunteers.

"I'm hyped to buzz my dome for the fourth year in a row with One Mission," Gronkowski said. "The Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off is an inspiring day where everyone stands together and fights the battle against cancer."

The Buzz-Off is One Mission's largest annual fundraising event, and has raised nearly $2 million for the organization.

Both Michon and Branconier set personal fundraising goals of $300. As of Monday, June 2, Michon had raised $340 and Branconier had raised $230.

Proceeds from the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off benefit Boston's Children's Hospital, The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber, and The Family Reach Foundation. One Mission is dedicated to brightening the road to recovery for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The 5th annual Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off will take place on Sunday, June 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Putnam Club Level of Gillette Stadium. For more information and to register, to sponsor a "Buzzee" or team, or to make a donation, visit www.buzzforkids.org.