This story brought tears to my eyes! I love it when people come together to help raise money for something, and Granite Telecommunications in Quincy, MA, raised money in a big way.
Yesterday, 428 people at that company shaved their heads in the lobby of their corporate headquarters, and as a result, raised $2.1 million to support cancer research! The idea started as a joke when CEO Rob Hale dared an employee with a ZZ Top-style beard to take off his beard for charity. Hale told him that he would give him $10,000 if he agreed to do it, and there was no way he was going to pass on that amount of money, so he did it.
The following day another employee said that his family had been affected by cancer, and he would be up for shaving his head for $1,000. That was all Hale needed to hear, and he “sent an email around saying that he’d donate money for anyone who agreed to follow suit.”
When the number of people involved was close to 100, Hale said that he would make it $2,000 a head instead of $1,000. When it got close to 300, Hale’s mother got in the mix, and agreed to match the initial amount, which was $1,000. That brought the stakes to $3,000 a head. Guess how much was the amount when it was close to 400 employees? If you guessed that Hale had “set the bounty at $5,000 a head” then you would be right!
The total was at over $2 million before they knew it!
Nearly two-thirds of the male employees took part in this, as well as 20 women who either went bald or gave their hair to “Locks of Love” if it was “more than 10 inches long.” “Locks of Love” makes wigs for children in need due to medical conditions that have resulted in hair loss.
There were 18 local barbers who gave their time on Monday.
“It speaks to a team that’s caring compassionate, bold, energetic; I hope we are all those things and I think we showed that Monday,” Hale said “The other truth, cancer affects everybody… nearly everybody who was doing [it] was doing it [to] support or to memorialize someone who has fought or is fighting cancer.”
Hale lost his dad to pancreatic cancer six years ago, and all the money that was raised yesterday will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It was the hospital which helped his dad survive more than 18 months after he received his diagnosis.