By Anne O’Connor
AYER — Todd Raymond doesn’t remember how he first heard about One Mission Buzz Off, but he knows why he’s doing it a second time.
“It’s something I can do to help,” he said.
On June 5, Raymond joined football great Rob Gronkowski and hundreds of others at Gillette Stadium where they each got a buzz cut.
“I do not have a lot of extra money I can donate, so I find this is a great way for me to maximize my donation and raise funds for a great cause,” Raymond wrote in an email.
The funds raised benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families at Children’s Hospital in Boston. One Mission helps to bring happiness back to ill children by providing immediate relief initiatives, said a press release from the organization.
The death of his wife’s 11-year-old child, which happened before they married, prompted him to get involved. “It was just a freak accident,” Raymond said. Cancer was not involved.
After his first Buzz Off in 2014, he let his hair grow. This year, his goal is to raise $3,000. A week before the event he was almost two-thirds of the way there.
He can continue to raise funds after his head is shaved. “If I don’t hit the three, I don’t hit the three. But it would be nice,” Raymond said. In total, he has raised
The thrill of the buzz will still be his.
Two years ago, Gillette Stadium was completely packed. “It was crazy,” he said.
Raymond took both inspiration and hard-won knowledge home with him.
A little girl, maybe 9 or 10 years old, with long, blonde hair, sat beside him. She got buzzed.
“Seeing little kids doing that was amazing,” he said. “It gave me chills.”
This year, Raymond planned to be prepared for an unexpected after-effect of suddenly going bald.
“I will bring sunblock this time,” he said.
In 2014, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
You can guess the rest.
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How to help
Todd Raymond’s personal donation link is www.onemissionbuzzoff.org/toddraymond.
More information about the charity is available on its website:buzzforkids.org.