Faculty to shave heads for breast cancer fundraiser

Students cheer at an assembly Friday announcing a breast cancer fundraiser incentive.

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School is going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and some staff members may go bald while seeking to raise funding for the cause.

Mike Gitzen, a B-UHS teacher and coach, introduced the program in a school-wide assembly Friday morning.

“There have been several faculty members in the past that have suffered from this terrible disease and we currently have one who is in the midst of her fight who wished to remain anonymous,” he said.

“It was a way for us to contribute to the national movement but on a smaller scale in our community to do something not only great for Buckhannon-Upshur High School but the community of Upshur County as well and to get out to the rest of West Virginia.

All profits raised once the costs for the items are covered, will go to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center which houses the Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Center in Morgantown, according to Gitzen.

The school is raising money through T-shirt sales, sticker sales and bracelet sales.
T-shirts, which are light pink with the Buccaneer logo, are available for pre-order through the school store and inventory will be available at various events for community members to purchase as well. The T-shirts are $10 and the bracelets and stickers are $2 each. 

Those events include the home soccer matches Tuesday, Oct. 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m., the home volleyball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13, the B-UHS production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 and the home football game on Oct. 19.
The Oct. 19 game is also a pink out game in which the fans will be encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness. Finally, on Nov. 7 there will be a Big 10 Cheer competition where items will be sold.

All money must be turned in by Nov. 8 so that the total raised can be announced in a student assembly Nov. 9.

“Hopefully, a lot of heads will be shaved,” Gitzen said.

Several administrators and staff members, including two females,  have volunteered to have their heads shaved in front of the student body – should the following incentives be reached: $1,000 (Gitzen), Michael Meadows ($2,000), Adam Squires ($3,000), Brian Webb ($4,000), Doug Frashure ($5,000), Mike Donato ($6,000), Rob Carr ($7,000), Joe Hymes ($8,000), Bill Plymale ($9,000), Randal Roy ($10,000), Brent Kimble ($11,000), Rocky Hebb ($12,000), Keith Nichols ($13,000), Allyson Lewis ($14,000), Rick Reynolds ($15,000), Lucas Stalnaker ($16,000), Garrett Friend ($17,000), Brittney Barlett ($18,000), Michael Wilson ($19,000), and principal Eddie Vincent ($20,000).

Donations may also be mailed directly to Buckhannon-Upshur High School, 270 B-U Drive, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Make checks out to B-UHS Health Club and in the memo designate BCA Donation.

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