Cancer has touched the lives of so many people in my family, in my friends' families, and around our community. Let's join forces to fight back!
I will soon cut off nearly a foot of my hair LIVE on air during News 4 Wake Up to create a wig for someone fighting cancer. Together, we can use this opportunity to help find a CURE for cancer so someday no one will have to fight.
I’m Goin’ Bald for Bucks to raise critically needed funds for cutting-edge cancer research and compassionate, innovative patient-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. You can help me make a difference by supporting my efforts in Goin’ Bald for Bucks.
Please consider making a donation today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than any one of us could accomplish alone. Together, we can help find cancer cures and save lives.
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THE BIG DAY IS HERE!
We're now less than 24 hours away from the big cut and I am so excited!
Tune in to News 4 Wake Up Tuesday morning for full coverage. We will be chopping off nearly a foot of my hair during the Morning Rush, around 6:45 or so.
But please make sure you watch throughout the morning, as we share stories from Roswell Park patients and stylists who volunteer their time in the Resource Center.
Every month, the Resource Center gives away about 100 wigs to patients who have lost their hair during cancer treatments, and those wigs really make a difference, giving patients hope and courage to keep up their cancer battles.
My hair will likely not end up in the Resource Center. I'm donating to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program, which creates free wigs for organizations like the American Cancer Society.
I truly hope to make a difference for *all* cancer patients through our fundraising efforts for Roswell Park Cancer Institute to help continue critical cancer research.
Please give whatever you can. Any amount helps.
I initially set my fundraising goal at $500, but we've already met that and surpassed that. Let's raise as much as we can to help find a cure.
by Katie Alexander on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:56 AM
You are AMAZING!
Because of your generous support, we've met and exceeded my initial fundraising goal of $500 with days to spare! I am so incredibly grateful to each and every one of you who have helped with this campaign.
Let's keep it going now!
The $500 goal was arbitrary, and Western New York, you have shown already just how generous you are.
Let's see how much we can raise for Roswell Park to help their team find a cure for cancer once and for all!
Any amount you can give makes a huge difference.
by Katie Alexander on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 2:17 PM
Let's keep it going!
We are now just days away from my big hair cut and we are so, SO close to hitting my fundraising goal. Let's not stop at $500, though!
Every dollar makes a difference and together we can make a big difference for Roswell Park's cancer research and patient care programs.
To be honest, the fundraising goal I set was totally arbitrary. I had no idea what to expect.
I have been truly astounded by everyone's generosity. I've received donations from my family, my friends, community leaders and wonderful Western New Yorkers who are all uniting together for a common cause -- To kick cancer's behind!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have donated already.
If you're still thinking about making a donation, please do! Let's give this fight everything we've got!
by Katie Alexander on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 1:07 PM
A Note From a Dear Friend
I am very excited (and a little nervous) to cut off so much hair at once.
But, as many of you may remember, this is not my first time donating. I've actually done it a handful of times at this point, but only for my last cut did I really realize the impact a hair donation can have.
I last donated my hair in July of 2015. Like we're doing this time around, I cut off my hair live on air during News 4 Wake Up. (Search Making the Cut on the WIVB website if you want to watch that moment)
But I truly understood what my simple gift meant earlier that morning, when I walked into the station and found a note from a very dear friend who was working as a photographer at News 4 at the time. David's mom had lost her fight to cancer earlier that year.
With his permission, I'm sharing with you what he wrote:
"While cutting your teases last night, I had to stop because I couldn't see the computer screen through my tears.
I was with my mom when she got her wig after losing her hair. Seeing her light up while looking in the mirror is something I will never forget.
What you're doing this morning is wonderful. I just wanted to thank you for doing it. I'm sure you already know this, but this means the world to women that have to go through this."
To this day, I keep that note pinned to my bulletin board in my cubicle, and to this day, it brings tears to my eyes when I read it.
My heart aches when I think about the pain David and his family went through when David's mom passed. I admire their incredible strength.
And I'm so grateful to David for pointing out a truth I didn't really comprehend until that point:
To me, what I'm giving is just hair. For the person who receives the wig -- and, hopefully, a little hope and strength to keep up their cancer fight -- it means so much more.
I am so thankful I have the ability to keep donating my hair. It grows so fast and, fortunately, my bosses have been supportive of me letting my hair go a little wild to get it long enough to give again.
But, I want to live in a world where no one needs my hair. I want to live in a world where no one has to fight cancer because we've finally found a cure for this awful disease that's left so many holes in our lives and in our hearts.
Please make a donation today to help Roswell Park find a cure.
by Katie Alexander on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 @ 11:34 AM
We're off to a great start!
I am SO grateful to those who have already dug deep to support cutting-edge cancer research. At the time of this posting, this Bald for Bucks campaign has collected $125 toward my $500 goal.
Together, we can help Roswell Park finally find a cure and save lives.
I think just about everyone these days knows someone who has fought cancer. All too many of us have lost loved ones to that horrible disease. It's truly heartbreaking.
We will never be able to get those people back, but we can do our small part to save other people from the same fate.
My husband and I have pledged $100 and I'll be donating nearly a foot of hair to help make a wig for someone fighting cancer. I'm excited to make the cut and to make a difference, but I need YOUR help!
Please consider making a donation. No amount is too small!
by Katie Alexander on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 @ 12:42 PM