Cicero man joins hundreds in efforts for cancer benefit
"It's the least I can do," said Michael Folsom, a Cicero resident who will be shaving his head for the second year in a row to raise awareness for a St. Baldrick's Foundation benefit in Syracuse.
Folsom said since he has "always been community oriented."
It was not a difficult choice to shave his head once, he said, let alone twice in honor of those who are fighting many types of cancer.
Although his work schedule has been hectic, Folsom has surpassed his 2009 pledge total by raising more than $400 over the last three weeks.
Folsom is the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club's senior director of sales and game operations.
"I have shaved my head before, but this is something different," he said. "I'm all for doing any little thing I can to make a big thing shine."
Because he has many family members that have battled, or are battling cancer, raising money for the cause felt like the right thing to do.
"Everyone knows someone who has cancer," Folsom said.
While he is proud of his pledges, Folsom said he is most impressed with the amount of women who choose to shave their heads at the charity event to be held March 21 at Kitty Hoyne's Irish Pub, 301 W. Fayette St., Syracuse.
"More props to them, for sure," Folsom said. "Those women have raised a nice chunk of money doing so."
Shaving one's head for a cancer benefit is one thing, but "shaving your head in March in Syracuse," is another, Folsom said about the lighter side of the event's cause.
Folsom said that a cancer patient has much more to focus on besides losing his or her hair because of the enduring rounds of chemotherapy and radiation that could be necessary.
"This is a way to know barely what they're going through," Folsom said.
As of right now, the 100-plus participants have raised more than $100,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
How you can donate to the St. Baldrick's Foundation
Community members are welcome to attend the March 21 event and donate or visit a participant's Web site and contribute in that way. Folsom's site is stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/participantid/382630.
Folsom said people can also e-mail him at email@example.com to ask questions about donating or the event itself.