HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th will hop in his car Sunday morning and drive 19 miles to a firehouse in Sergeantsville for a no-frills haircut that will take no more than a few minutes.
Nothing fancy, no clipping, no styling, and no comb or scissors will be necessary.
Ciattarelli, a township resident, will have his head shaved to help raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national charity that raises money for childhood cancer research.
Ciattarelli will join be one of 29 other "shavees" on the Rays of Hope team sponsored by the Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company to wait their turn to be shorn, beginning at noon.
The team has raised $162,829 since 2013 for the foundation.
“What better cause is there than raising awareness and funding for research into childhood cancer,” Ciattarelli said.
“Childhood cancer and research is a very serious topic, but this is a great way for everybody to have some fun, raise money and awareness,” he added.
This is the third year Ciattarelli has participated in the event.
“I will tell you the first time I did it there certainly were some butterflies but after having it done twice I must admit I’m kind of looking forward to it,” Ciattarelli said.
Ciattarelli and other members of the Rays of Hope team raise money through pledges received on the St. Baldrick’s website - https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/870871/2016.
As of Wednesday night, Ciattarelli had raised $1,250 in pledges against his goal of $2,000.
“Five, ten dollars, whatever people can afford, it all adds up,” Ciattarelli said.
“When you think about it, anyone going through cancer, let alone a child, this is the least we can do,” Ciattarelli continued. “In six, eight weeks, I’ll have a full head of hair, it will grow back; I don’t see this as a sacrifice at all.”
The event is held in honor of Rayanna Marrero, a Sergeantsville resident known as Ray, who succumbed to cancer in 2012 at the age of eight. Sergeantsville is part of Delaware Township, one of 14 municipalities in the 16th Legislative District represented by Ciattarelli.
“This is the least I can do to further that goal and honor the memory of Rayanna Marerro,” Ciattarelli said.