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Rob Gronkowski to shave his head in support of kids and families fighting cancer

Posted by David D'Onofrio  April 3, 2013 01:13 PM

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Earlier this week, 18 Bruins shaved their heads as part of an effort that helped raise $76,000 for charities including Tufts Medical Center's Floating Hospital for Children. Now Rob Gronkowski says he'll do the same for a similar cause -- and he's planning to not only get buzzed himself, but to do the buzzing of some others while he's there.

For the third straight year the Patriots' tight end will participate in the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off, which is scheduled for June 9 at Gillette Stadium and supports One Mission, a foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families. This event will specifically benefit Boston Children's Hospital, where One Mission funds a number of programs and services.

“It’s great to be back on board for this year’s Buzz-Off," said Gronkowski, who is shown in the above photos before and after last year's event with Declan Buckley, another who has committed to getting buzzed again this year. Declan will be buzzing in honor of his friend, Patrick Melavin, who has battled liver cancer and in memory of his cousin, Joe Kelly, who passed away because of a brain tumor last year.

"I’ll be making quite a few appeals to Gronknation over the next couple of months in hopes that we can get everyone involved in some way, so stay tuned in! These kids are incredibly special and deserve all the support we can give, no matter how big or small.”

Organizers have big-time goals for this year's event, as they hope to recruit 800 "buzzees" who'll shave their heads in solidarity with those fighting pediatric cancer. They've set their fundraising target at $1 million, and have already begun taking donations at buzzforkids.org, through which people can find more information, register, or sponsor a buzzee (or team of buzzees). Here's a link to the Gronknation team's page.

The event will be at the Putnam Club inside Gillette Stadium, running from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on June 9. And, as you can see in the video below, the gregarious Gronk will be hanging among the people -- even if he isn't shaving your head, specifically.

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