Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State students buzz off hair for cancer research


For the third year, Westfield State University students will hold a cancer buzz-off fundraiser to benefit One Mission: The Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off, on Sunday, April 10 from 1-4 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall. The event will conclude with a ceremony in which participants shave their heads in solidarity.

One Mission: The Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off benefits pediatric cancer patients, their families, and cancer research. The organization spreads the donations in four ways: by giving smiles, including decorating hospital rooms, giving comfort by providing caregiver relaxation, giving assistance to individual families and research grants, and giving support by providing education and outreach programs.

Westfield State students have raised more than $12,000 for the organization in its past two buzz off fundraisers. This year, the Westfield State University Class of 2018 is organizing the event and Casey Hiltz ’18 of Holbrook, Mass. said the fundraising goal is $7,000.

Hiltz decided to become involved in this year’s buzz off after having a positive experience volunteering at last year’s event.

 “This is such an important fundraiser because not only by shaving your head are you supporting children who do not have the choice of losing their hair, but by raising money and collecting donations, we are assisting families who have a child with cancer,” Hiltz said.

The fundraiser was originally organized by Class of 2016. Class President Ryan Losco of North Andover, Mass. said he is happy the event has become an annual tradition that will continue past his graduation. To donate or sign up for the buzz off, visit

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