Tuesday, Margaret Patterson had below-the-shoulder length hair.
Wednesday, she had none.
“I always used to joke that I wish I was bald,” said Patterson,
a sophomore biological science major. “It was all talk and no
On Wednesday, Patterson took action and shaved her head on the
Lory Student Center Plaza for “Bald for Bucks,” a CSU program that
took place on the Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. to raise donations and
awareness for cancer patients and research.
“This weekend will be the first time I’ll see my friend since
she was diagnosed with Hodgkins’ Disease,” Patterson said. “It will
be cool because we’ll both be bald.”
Patterson was the only female out of 20 participants to shave
her head for Bald for Bucks.
Patterson she said she never realized how pretty her hair was
until it was gone, but her only worry is how she will tell her
“I might just show up and say ‘Hey look, I’m bald.’ Or I’ll call
and my mom will spaz out,” Patterson said.
Ronnie Chamberlain, a senior theatre major, understands
Patterson’s decision to shave her head. Sunday Chamberlain cut off
her shoulder-length green hair to support a friend who has been
battling ovarian cancer since high school.
Since shaving her head, Chamberlain has experienced the
emotional impact of her decision.
“My friend was overwhelmed that five other people would sit down
with her and go bald,” Chamberlain said. “Most people on campus
stare at me, but they show overwhelming support when they know why
Michelle Mora and Thomas Shaw, junior chemistry majors,
organized Bald for Bucks and were impressed by the participants in
“The people were so enthusiastic and they told me about past
cases of cancer in friends and family,” Mora said. “They all said
they were happy to help in any way they could.”
Shaw decided to take part in the event because of his respect
for people with cancer.
“I admire those people so much because of the cancer treatments
and their will to overcome this disease,” Shaw said. “I have so
much admiration that I couldn’t be involved in this program and not
Mora said the event was very positive for everyone involved.
“Nobody I saw had any regrets about doing this,” Mora said. “I
personally want to tell everybody thanks. It was so nice to see how
caring and generous people are.”