The Bucs' fifth annual "Cut for the Cure" campaign will take place Wednesday afternoon at One Buc Place, with players and staffers getting their heads shaved (or for some, just cut) by children who are battling cancer to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.
Some of the team's biggest stars took part last year, including Jameis Winston and Gerald McCoy, but the team's biggest fundraiser was its director of sales, Deno Anagnost, who raised $16,500 last year and has raised more than $20,000 this year.
"It's definitely really exciting," said Anagnost, himself a cancer survivor after being diagnosed with testicular cancer 10 years ago. "It goes to show you how many people you have in your life that really care about you as a person and the things that you're passionate about. It's phenomenal that the organization does this and lets the business staff get involved as well. We have a saying in our sales office: The way you do anything is the way you do everything."
For Anagnost, that means going bald with a smile once a year, knowing the event gives kids a chance to have fun for a few hours with the Bucs players. He accounted for nearly half of the $40,000 raised by the Bucs last year, and his total this year has come from 165 separate donors helping the Bucs' efforts.
"It's definitely my favorite day of the year as a professional, for sure," Anagnost said. "All my friends and family get to see their donation pay off by seeing my head get shaved."
To contribute to the Bucs' "Cut for the Cure" campaign in conjunction with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, you can visit here.