Susquehanna Health Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital Razing Heads to Fight Cancer

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Fundraising support for fighting cancer prompts many creative events—the results of which are greater gains than losses. At noon on Monday, November 10 in the paramedic garage at Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital (SSMH), greater than 20 Susquehanna Health (SH) employees and community members will gather together to lose their locks to raise awareness and funds for the new Cancer Center at SSMH.

Matthew Romania

SSMH Director of Nursing Matthew Romania

Such generosity with a focus on people and meeting their needs truly sets Susquehanna Health and our region apart.

Fundraising support for fighting cancer prompts many creative events—the results of which are greater gains than losses. At noon on Monday, November 10 in the paramedic garage at Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital (SSMH), greater than 20 Susquehanna Health (SH) employees and community members will gather together to lose their locks to raise awareness and funds for the new Cancer Center at SSMH. Three beauticians will be on hand to shave participants’ heads for this act of love and support to which many who have been touched by cancer can relate.

The idea for this “hair razing” event was mentioned off the top of SSMH Director of Nursing Matthew Romania’s head during a conversation about supporting the new Cancer Center. “I said, ‘We should shave our heads,’ and very quickly 10 people were willing to do it,’” he explained. “Paramedic Coordinator Andy Thom said he was all in and then a bunch of guys stepped up.”

According to Romania, three or four women who work at SSMH have also volunteered to have their heads shaved. In a surprising show of sacrifice, several men whose heads are already hairless have volunteered to shave their beards instead. “I couldn’t sleep last night. I am amazed by our organization and the overwhelming response of people from Tioga and Lycoming counties who are sending in donations,” Romania said. “Such generosity with a focus on people and meeting their needs truly sets Susquehanna Health and our region apart.”

SSMH is receiving sign ups through October 31 for individuals interested in shaving their heads on November 10, and accepting monetary donations from those willing to sponsor the shavees until the day of the event. All of the monies raised from the hair that is razed will benefit the Cancer Center. Donations of any amount will be accepted, are tax deductible and may be made in honor of a cancer survivor or loved one who passed away. Contributions may be made after the event through the Susquehanna Health Foundation by calling 570-723-0494. The hair-razing event is open to the public.

For more information, visit SusquehannaHealth.org or call 570-723-0281.

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