TAMPA, Fla. – It’s the 8th year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did Cut and Color for a Cure. It’s where players, coaches, and staff get their heads shaved or colored orange to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
But this year was special. Because of the pandemic, the Bucs took two years off, and as Bucs COO Brian Ford says kids getting cancer unfortunately still happened.
“You know we had to take two years off and it was a long two years and the need was there,” Ford said. “It’s all about giving kids and their families a day to be kids. To forget what they are going through. That’s what today was about. You could see by the smiles we accomplished that.”
Tom Brady seemed to be having fun getting his hair colored orange, the official color of the NPCF. Brady even took it upon himself to color and shave off the hair of some of his teammates.
Those that took part included head coach Todd Bowles, GM Jason Licht, and players Mike Evans, Ryan Jensen, Donovan Smith, Will Gholston, and Tristan Wirfs.
Ford said the kids, who were all wearing Bucs #1 jerseys are the real heroes and raising awareness has been a main priority of the Bucs organization.
“Everyday 43 families learn their child has cancer. one in every 285 five kids are gonna come down with cancer and are told they’ll have cancer by the time they hit 20 years old. So this affects us all. it’s something we have to try and bring awareness to and to try and find solutions,” said Ford.
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Tampa, is dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer.
To support the Buccaneers’ Cut and Color for a Cure team by making a donation, visit www.nationalpcf.org.