TAMPA — More than a dozen Tampa Bay Buccaneers players shaved their heads Tuesday in support of Cut for a Cure, and the organization donated $10,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation to promote research.
As punter Michael Kornen and kicker Connor Barth sat down for buzz cuts, with giddy children crawling in their laps, foundation executive director Nancy Crane praised the Bucs for their long-term support.
“They are always there,’’ Crane said. “An event like this connects the players and the kids, who are the future fans of the Bucs. Our mission is to eliminate childhood cancer, and we are making a huge difference with your help. Thank you to all the players.’’
Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford said at least 17 staff members and 14 players were scheduled to participate.
“This is a very special day,’’ Ford said before directing his remarks toward Crane and the parents in the room at One Buc Place. “The Bucs are here for you and we’re proud of you.’’
Crane said the foundation has raised $286,000 so far, noting that it cost $13,000 per child to begin a clinical trial.