Rep. Tim Whelan shaves head to raise $50,000 for Pancreatic Cancer research
This morning Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) participated in the "Saving by Shaving" event sponsored by Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale, the Hale family, and the employees at Granite at their offices in Quincy. Joining with Governor Charlie Baker, Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve, Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, journalist Jim Braude of NESN, and over 900 employees and friends, over $5 million was raised to help fund Pancreatic Cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Rep. Whelan's oldest daughter Maggie is an employee of Granite Telecom.
The Granite Telecommunication's Saving by Shaving event is in it's fourth year and is held at their offices in Quincy, and around the country. For Rep. Whelan's time in a chair having his head shaved, a $50,000 donation will be made to this total. Rep. Whelan said, "Like so many, cancer has taken so many loved ones and good friends from me long before their time. I want to thank the Hale family and the employees at Granite Telecommunications for their generosity and commitment to finding a cure for cancer. It was a great honor to be invited to participate. I let my hair grow out for a full three weeks to get ready for today and am already looking forward to next year."