Would you go bald for breast cancer? That was a question that Carol Reynolds, M.D., and Dan Visscher, M.D., Mayo Clinic pathologists, were happy to answer. And answering affirmatively allowed them to send a message of empathy to patients, colleagues, friends and family members who "bear the consequences" of a battle with cancer and encourage their colleagues to contribute to the cause.
By going bald for breast cancer on Monday, Sept. 14, Drs. Reynolds and Visscher joined a movement among pathologists across the nation determined to raise awareness and research funds for breast cancer awareness month in October.
The Mayo duo jumped on the bandwagon a month early because they were part of a team who participated in the Join the Journey walk for breast cancer awareness in Rochester, Minn., Sunday, Sept. 19.
The fundraising clipper fest really took off when Gary Keeney, M.D., chair of Mayo Clinicâ€™s Division of Anatomic Pathology, issued the following challenge: Top the $10,000 mark, and he'd go under the razor, too.
More than 60 colleagues piled into the conference room to see the news-making clips and show their friends some of their finer forms of empathy, which included shout outs, shared laughter and, considering Dr. Keeney's temporary Mohawk as a result of raising $12,390, some very generous compliments.