TAMPA --The Bucs held their seventh annual Cut for a Cure event on Thursday, as team staff and players received buzzcuts and had their hair colored to benefit pediatric cancer awareness and research.
The event raised more than $100,000 for the Tampa-based National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Over the past seven years, the Bucs have raised more than $400,000 for the non-profit charity, which is focused on fund research to fast-track less toxic, more targeted treatments by partnering with 24 leading hospitals nationwide.
“Every day 43 children as diagnosed with cancer,” Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford said. “And since 1980, there’s only been 10 new drugs developed specifically for pediatric cancer. So as tough as these guys are, they’re probably taking drugs that are meant for adults so that has effects. That’s why we’re here today.”
Ford and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians were was among those to get their heads shaved. Quarterback Jameis Winston, offensive tackle Ali Marpet, center Sean Jensen, running back Peyton Barber, guard Alex Cappa and punter Bradley Pinion were among the players to participate.
A check was presented from the team to the NPCF for $88,000, but late-minute donations pushed the final figure above $100,000.
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