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Clips for Cancer raises money for kids with cancer

By Staff | Sep 9, 2021

Clips for Cancer kicked off on Sept. 1 to raise the funds necessary to ensure that programs and services are available for the increasing number of local children diagnosed with cancer at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Throughout September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, community leaders will allow pediatric cancer survivors to shave their heads for awareness of the effects of cancer treatment, which often include hair loss.

Each Friday, shaves will be hosted on Facebook Live from Great Clips salons to benefit Barbara’s Friends — Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s cancer program. Since Clips for Cancer was started in 2018, the event has grown from a one-day event with a few participants to a monthlong celebration of childhood cancer patients and survivors by the community.

Fifteen pediatric cancer and blood diseases survivors are expected to shave volunteers during the month, including children, teenagers and young adults from the following communities:

• Lehigh Acres: McKynsie Jones, 10

• Golden Gate: Sara Jean, 17

• Cape Coral: Annabelle Philips, 16; Caliah “Cali” Russell, 14; Elizabeth Higgins, 12; Lillianne Bendell, 8; Kadin Williams, 9; Cali Trepkowski, 14; and Rachel McCabe, 27

• Fort Myers: Ashton Hoiles, 12; Mallory Rice, 18; and Mackenzie Hummer, 22

• Naples: Emma Lockhart, 12; and Sarah McKeown, 18

• LaBelle: Bradon Gutierrez, 10

Collectively, the survivors endured nearly 30 years of treatment.

The volunteers to be shaved include Michael Nachef, vice president of government relations at Lee Health; John Lai, president and chief executive officer of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce; Fort Myers philanthropist Marc Collins; Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson; Sanibel Police Chief Bill Dalton; representatives of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Myers Police Department; Frank Haskell, the 92-year-old founder of Barbara’s Friends; Barbara’s Friends board Chairman Al Kinkle; Janet Washburn, fire marshal in Bonita Springs; and Elise Snyder, a 16-year Lee Health employee who also shaved her head at the first Clips for Cancer.

On Sept. 10, first responders from the Lehigh Acres, San Carlos Park, South Trail, Iona McGregor, Bonita Springs, Estero and Port Authority fire departments, as well as Lee County EMS, will be shaved.

Several special shavings are also scheduled. On Sept. 8, FOX4 anchor Patrick Nolan will have his head shaved. On Sept. 19, Cal Bruno of Bruno of Brooklyn’s Restaurant will join with others for shaving during the restaurant’s seventh anniversary outdoor block party celebration in Fort Myers.

The John E & Aliese Price Foundation and Dorcey Law Firm.

The shaves will be hosted on Facebook Live from Great Clips every Friday in September. For more information or to support Clips for Cancer, visit BarbarasFriends.org/ClipsForCancer.