Shaved to support cancer research

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

Washington High School Principal Erik Buchholz is sporting a new do ? or lack of one ? because of Demons fans stepping up at a recent game to aid cancer research.

On Wednesday, Buchholz had his head shaved as part of the deal he made with students for collecting over $500 at a recent basketball game against the Fairfield Trojans. While the Demons? team didn?t bring home the wins that night, the Demon Nation brought home a win for cancer research when the fans all dug deep to get the chance to see Buchholz without hair.

?We had two different cancer awareness nights here at the high school ? one for wrestling and one for basketball,? said media center associate Erin Smith. ?When I asked (Buchholz) how much it would take to shave his head, he said if we raised $500 passing the baskets through the crowd during basketball he would shave his head.?

The collection ended up being $591.36. Smith said a couple of the fans had asked if Buchholz would shave his legs if the collection surpassed $600, but Buchholz declined.

?I have not done anything to this extreme,? Buchholz said. ?I did something like this when I was in college. We had three of us as defensive backs for the football team and Florida had the Killer Bees who shaved their heads and we thought it would be appropriate to shave our heads. I don?t make a very good looking shaved-head guy.?

The money raised will go to benefit cancer patients. Smith said most of the money would go to a local organization called ?Breast Friends? which provides free mammograms. Some of the money also will got the annual Dance Marathon during the coming year.

Smith said this year the Dance Marathon, which has been held for the past 17 years as a companion event to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon to benefit young cancer patients and their families at the University of Iowa Children?s Hospital, will change. She said the April 7, 2018 event will be a dodgeball tournament this year.

?The dance wasn?t getting the attendance they wanted,? Smith said. ?They thought a dodgeball tournament might get more kids to come and participate.?

She said anyone wishing to donate to the cause of cancer assistance can contact the Washington Athletic Boosters.