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31 May 2018

MEDIA ALERT: BUCCANEERS TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST PEDIATRIC CANCER WITH SIXTH ANNUAL “CUT FOR A CURE”

Players and Staff to Have Their Hair Shaved or Colored Orange by Pediatric Cancer Patients; GM Jason Licht Pledges to Have His Head Shaved if $100,000 Goal is Met
On Monday, June 4 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will continue to support the fight against childhood cancer through the annual “Cut for a Cure” to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). Now in the team’s sixth consecutive year of participating in the campaign, in which the Buccaneers have raised more than $185,000, General Manager Jason Licht has challenged the team to raise $100,000 for this year’s event. Licht has pledged to join Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, players and staff in having their heads shaved or colored by pediatric cancer patients if the fundraising goal is met.
 
This year’s event hits particularly close to home for the Buccaneers family. Recently, Bo Wade, son of Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Wade, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. On Monday, more than two dozen Buccaneers players and staff members are scheduled to have their heads or facial hair shaved or colored orange, the official color of the NPCF. Defensive players Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, and Beau Allen are serving as “captains” for the charity effort, with additional Buccaneers committed to support the cause including Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, and Will Gholston.
 
*Media members are encouraged to attend, though the event is closed to the public. Media should RSVP to Allen Barrett at abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com. To support the Buccaneers’ Cut for a Cure team by making a donation, fans may click HERE or visit http://events.fastercure.org/goto/bucs.
 
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Tampa, is dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Its focus is to find less toxic, more targeted treatments by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide through its research initiative, The Sunshine Project. For more information on NPCF, go to www.NationalPCF.org.
 
Who:           
Buccaneers players including Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Beau Allen and more
Buccaneers COO Brian Ford and staff, along with pediatric cancer patients and survivors
                    
Where:        
One Buccaneer Place - Auditorium
3302 W. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
                                   
When:         
Monday, June 4

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – Buccaneers staff haircuts
2:00 p.m. – Buccaneers player haircuts
 
Contact:      
Allen Barrett
Senior Communications Manager
813.767.9862 cell
abarrett@buccaneers.nfl.com
 
Meredith Scerba
Director of Community Relations
813.870.2700
mscerba@buccaneers.nfl.com

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