Mainers raise funds by shaving heads


PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — People in northern Maine are getting into the fundraising spirit by having their heads shaved and then painted as planets, dwarf planets and moons.

Saturday is the sixth annual Planet Head Day to raise money for a nonprofit known as C-A-N-C-E-R, or the Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery organization.

The event is held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, which is home to the Northern Maine Museum of Science. In past years, students and others from all walks of life have taken part.

Four barber chairs are available for people to have their heads shaved and painted, while others can choose to don bald caps that are painted. About 65 people participated last year, raising more than $15,000.

This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000.

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