From Saving to Shaving - Marty Biron's Bald For Bucks Journey
Giving back to the community is something Marty Biron always enjoyed as a goalie for the Buffalo Sabres. After retiring from the NHL in 2013, he “wanted to keep that relationship with the community going.” Partnering with Bald for Bucks and the Sabres was the perfect solution.
He heard about Bald For Bucks when he was asked to join other players in shaving their heads for cancer cures. Marty was in! He first participated in 2015.
Most recently, he shaved his head live on MSG during intermission where he raised nearly $4,000 for cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park. Being able to participate with pediatric patient Isabella made the event extra special for him.
“To see her smiling through the whole thing and the confidence she showed in front of a big crowd around to watch just made this event so much more meaningful,” Marty said.
The more and more he’s gotten involved with Bald for Bucks, the more and more Marty has become impressed with the community support, especially with schools and students.
“Being able to participate with some of the current Sabres meant a lot to me as a way to be [involved] with a younger generation of NHL players in the same way a senior in high school may bond with a freshman throughout Bald for Bucks,” he said.
Marty will be shaving his head for cancer cures for the fourth time in 2019. And what’s his advice for those thinking of participating?
“It is a very simple act of support and kindness that means a lot to many affected by cancer. We all have somebody in our lives that is dealing with the emotional and physical burdens that comes [with] a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and Bald for Bucks is a great way to help [raise] funds and awareness.”