GRAFTON, Mass. — Marc Theroux is within $737 of reaching his financial goal before buzzing his shoulder length hair to stubble.
His goal is to raise $9,200 for cancer research by April 6, and then run the Boston Marathon with his new haircut, a symbolic gesture to those who lose their hair during chemotherapy.
The proceeds will be donated to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana Farber, which researches new ways to treat various forms of the disease.
“Thankfully, no one in my family has had to battle cancer, though people I have worked with have beaten it,” said the 48 year-old, who is married to Grafton dentist Tina Theroux and is the father of three daughters.
But Theroux started to raise money quickly, almost in an Internet viral way. He said as soon as he created the donation page, his daughters posted links on Facebook while his wife sent an e-mail to a handful of friends and family members. Suddenly, he had raised over $8,400.
Since then he has been busy calling every donor to thank them.
“Many of the people I spoke to have a cancer story to tell,” he said, adding that he found many inspirational.
Theroux said he hasn't visited a barber in about seven months but will video tape the “buzz cut” and post it on online. He also said the top four donors will be offered the chance to participate as a guest “stylist” and when he runs the marathon, he will wear a Dana Farber T-shirt with the name of every donor printed on it.
This will be the first time Theroux will run the Boston Marathon, a goal he said he wanted to achieve before turning 50.
But Theroux is also a personal trainer and co-owner at Optimal Performance Center in Shrewsbury. When asked if that meant he was already in marathon shape, he said being a personal trainer is much like the man who makes his living as a carpenter.
“They are always the one who lives in the house that needs the most repairs,” he said.
For more information about Theroux’s fundraiser, visit his page.
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