Heather Williams’ morning hair routine is about to get a whole lot easier.
The Springtown mom will join an estimated 200 other local women, men and children who will shave their heads bald Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as part of a fundraiser for kids with cancer.
One Mission, a nonprofit childhood cancer foundation, aims to raise $1.6 million to benefit cancer patients and their families during its fifth year of hosting Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off events.
Williams, who lost her mother to cancer in 2010, caught a radio announcement about the fundraiser while driving home from work one night.
“As soon as I heard it, I just started crying. I knew it was something I was supposed to do,” said Williams, 34. “I have two children, and it is only by the grace of God they are healthy.”
Mackayla, 13, and Carolina, 9, will be by their mom’s side when the clippers start buzzing and Williams’ chin-length brown hair starts falling to the stadium floor Sunday.
“It teaches them that we don’t need to look at ourselves physically to find out what is important. It’s what we do,” Williams said. “Them being there is going to be very emotional for me. If they will grow up to be the type of humans who walk around and want to help others and be selfless, then I have done a great job.”
Williams is no stranger to extreme haircuts. She also shaved her head to show support when her mother, Andrea Canady, was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.
Williams has raised about $650 in her mom’s memory and plans to keep collecting until the fundraiser ends Oct. 1.
“The more that we collect, the more kids that we can help, or the greater we can help one kid,” she said.
One Mission has raised nearly $2 million the past four years to support about 2,000 pediatric cancer patients and their families, according to the nonprofit’s website. Proceeds help cover expenses ranging from hospital parking fees to family utility bills and pay for parties and spa days to give the young patients a day of relaxation and fun, organizers said.
This is the fundraiser’s first year in Texas, said One Mission co-founder Ashley Haseotes of Boston. The Arlington fundraiser will benefit pediatric patients being treated at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
“Money raised from the Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off will fund vital programs and services that are brightening the road to recovery for children with cancer and their families. From sponsors to volunteers to our brave buzzees, the support from the community has been fantastic and we are incredibly grateful,” Haseotes said in a media release.
A Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off will also be held June 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
People can sponsor individual “buzzees” or make a general donation at www.buzzforkids.org.