Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has head shaved in awareness campaign for pediatric cancer

6/10/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsRob Gronkowski had a tumultuous offseason in terms of his health, with the New England Patriots tight end facing back to back surgeries after suffering set backs on his broken forearm and issues with his back this offseason. But Gronkowski took time off his offseason schedule to focus on someone else’s health and earned great praise for his most recent off-field incident.
The 24-year-old Gronkowski supported One Mission’s fight against pediatric cancer by attending an annual Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Around 867 men, women and children combined, attended the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off to raise money and awareness to combat the disease by agreeing to shave their heads. It was the fourth such event organized by one mission, and the second in the series of annual program and in which Gronkowski shaved his head.
All proceeds will go to Children's Hospital Boston.
"I had a blast last year, I came back this year and couldn't ask for a better outcome, about double the amount of people. We have 867 kids buzzing off their hair today, and that's unbelievable,” said Gronkowski . “They raised about right around $1 million for (the fight against) cancer for kids, so you can't ask for a better situation, a better outcome than that.”
“Every single year, it's growing so far, and we're having a blast. Everyone here is having a blast, so it's going good so far."
One Mission has raised around $1 million in his efforts to support the fight against children’s cancer. Participants at the event raise money for the cause by asking for donations from family, friends and others. After having his head shaved Rob Gronkowski took up the electric razor to give others a buzz-cut. Patriots left tackle Nate Solder also commanded the electric razor for a while, giving others a drastically changed haircut.
"It's great. That's why I came back this year because last year, the outcome was great. The turnout was great,” said Gronkowski. “When the turnout is great, the outcome is great, you want to be part of something and stay part of something while you're here.”
“It's excellent, and I'm going to keep my name on this, for sure. It's a great cause. The kids are running around buzzing off their hair for their friends, family members buzzing off their hair for friends,” ,” continued Gronkowski, “It's great to be part of it, and I always would love to put my name on it for this event."
Gronkowski said he grew out his hair for over two months before having it buzzed-off to show solidarity with the children suffering from cancer at today’s event.
"Everyone was like, 'Dude, you got a mop on your head,’ I'm like, 'I know, I'm growing it out right now because it's all going to be gone,'” said Gronkowski. “It was about two months ago, I think, two months ago before I got my last haircut.”
“I knew that was going to be my last haircut before this,” added Gronkowski. “My mop off my head, it was all sloppy all everywhere. It's cleaned up now and ready to go."
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