Legislators Participate in Saving by Shaving Event

Rep. Tim Whelan and others support Dana-Farber cancer research
Rep. Tim Whelan and friends sporting their buzz-cuts in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Courtesy of Rep. Whelan)

State Representatives Tim Whelan (R-Brewster), David Muradian (R-Grafton), Paul Tucker (D-Salem), Michael Day (D-Stoneham) and Joe McGonagle (D-Everett) took part today in the 5th annual Saving by Shaving event to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The five legislators were among hundreds of volunteers who agreed to have their heads or beards shaved to help raise money for cancer research.  Other participants included Governor Charlie Baker, Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, WAAF "Hillman" Morning Show host Greg Hill, former MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, and Jim Braude, host of Greater Boston and co-host of Boston Public Radio.

The sponsor of the event, Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale and the Hale family, is donating $10,000 to Dana-Farber for each legislator who offered to have their head shaved.  This year’s fundraiser took place on March 8 at the company’s Quincy headquarters and raised a total of $6.5 million dollars for cancer research at Dana-Farber.

"I want to thank Rob Hale and the Hale family, as well as the staff at Granite Telecommunications for hosting this event year after year in order to help fund cancer research", Rep. Whelan stated.  "Like so many families, cancer has touched my family and I am humbled to be able to participate in such a positive and uplifting event again this year."

Since 2014, Saving by Shaving has raised $14.7 million for Dana-Farber.  Combined with its other fundraising efforts, Granite Telecommunications has donated nearly $18 million to cancer research.

For more information about Saving by Shaving and Granite Telecommunications, please visit https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180307005855/en/Granites-Saving-Shaving-5

To learn more about the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and their work, please visit them on the web at:  http://www.dana-farber.org/

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