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Mayo Clinic Breast pathologists create a lot of buzzing

ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- Many of us have either been affected with or know someone affected by breast cancer, and are aware of the often unpleasant side effects that come along with treatment.

But these folks you're about to meet didn't let anything stop them, not even something we all take for granted, to show their support for breast cancer awareness.

Daniel Visscher starting growing his beard around 1992.

Carol Reynolds has always styled her hair.

But things were about to change.

Chances are, you know someone affected by breast cancer. And if you don't, you see the walks, the runs, and you hear the stories.

And Monday, Daniel and Carolyn, two Mayo Clinic Breast Pathologists, created more buzz, to show their breast cancer awareness support.

They shaved their heads.

Mayo Clinic employees gathered to support, and to watch their coworkers' locks, bit by bit, tumble to the ground.

The idea came up when Carolyn was asked if she'd shave her head for breast cancer awareness. The Pathology department took off and running with the idea.

They decided to raise money, with part of it going to Join the Journey, a local non-profit breast cancer group. The other part would go to breast cancer research at Mayo.

Carolyn says, "Two and a half weeks, we raised over $10,000."

$10,000 was their goal. And if it was reached, someone else would shave their head: the Department Chair.

Gary Keeney says, "Everyday, as Pathologists, we look through the scope and make diagnoses. And many times our diagnoses are helpful to the patient. And we send the patient on a journey. Today we're just kind of personalizing it."

So in support, he too shaved his head.

Carolyn says Monday's event was about raising awareness and money, but something else as well.

Carolyn says, "And it was a way to celebrate the beautifulness of being bald."

Reynolds says it's easy to become detached from the patient point of view when they're not the ones directly telling a patient the news. But that only strengthens her feelings about the support that's needed for patients. And that's why she, and her colleagues, did this.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pathologists across the country will also shave their heads in recognition of it. The Mayo group did it now to tie in with an upcoming walk in Rochester.

That is the Join the Journey Breast Cancer 10K walk on September 19th in Rochester. If you'd like more information, you can visit our links page.


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