Gov. Charlie Baker Shaves His Head for Cancer Research (Video)

–Paige Kennery

Governor Charlie Baker got a haircut Tuesday morning as part of a charity event that is giving $3.2 million to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Though Baker first announced his plans for a buzzcut on April 1, he assured everyone that it wasn’t a prank—he would really be joining 500 employees of Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications in shaving their heads to raise money for cancer research.

Today, he followed through on his word:

Before and after: Governor Charlie Baker gets a buzzcut to raise awareness for Dana-Farber. #mapoli

A photo posted by Lizzy Guyton (@misslizzylou) on

Baker thanked everyone there, but singled out Edward Benz, Jr., MD, who is stepping down next summer as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute after 16 years.

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“You’ve been a true leader there… at a very important organization that has done wonderful things for families… You’ve left a wonderful legacy,’’ said Baker.

The event, Saving By Shaving II, was also supported by Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Stop & Shop.

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