GUTTENBERG--Guttenberg Councilman Wayne Zitt plans to shave his head for a cancer fundraiser at the Anna L. Klein Elementary School April 21, according to a community notice.
The fundraiser—which Zitt organizes and began last year—raises money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit that raises funds for cancer-stricken children.
Zitt, who is currently running to replace the departing Mayor Gerald Drasheff in November, attributes his efforts to losing his mother to cancer in June 2000.
“I watched my mother fight and suffer as this horrible disease sucked the life out of her and all of the people she loved,” Zitt said.
Last spring, he said, he saw a commercial from St. Baldrick’s. “As I researched the foundation and watched some videos, I had flashbacks of the pain I went through watching my mother fight cancer and imagined the pain she was going through,” he added. One of the videos featured children, which spurred Zitt—a father of two—to action.
Zitt realized that “I couldn’t be a bystander when it came to such an important issue and I realized that cancer is a universal disease that doesn’t discriminate against age, race, wealth and it could happen to anyone.”
The school is located at 301 69th St., and the event itself runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Those who wish to donate (without parting with their flowing locks) can do so at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/CutItOff.
Gonnelli has been a member of the town’s Independent party for many years.