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Pro Football Rivals Go ‘Head-to-Head’ to Tackle Childhood Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 30, 2013


Washington wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, and New York linebacker, Mark Herzlich, go head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for childhood cancer research.

One of pro football’s oldest rivalries takes a new twist this year as New York linebacker Mark Herzlich and Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon use their teams’ bad blood for good.

The two players, and division foes, will engage in a month-long competition to see who can raise the most money for childhood cancer research. The effort comes with a kicker — the winner gets to shave the other guy’s head.

The Wahl Head-to-Head Challenge runs from September 25, 2013 through November 12, 2013. Fans and supporters can ensure their player is the one holding the clipper in the end by clicking the donate button for either Mark Herzlich or Pierre Garcon. The player with the most money raised will shave the other player’s head during a live event later this season.

Four years ago, news came that Mark Herzlich had Ewing sarcoma, a rare and life-threatening form of bone cancer. Rather than take the conventional route to surgery, he chose to have a titanium rod inserted into his leg and undergo radiation treatment — a decision that allowed him to keep his dream of playing professional football alive. His hard work and dedication paid off when he made it to the pros. Now, Herzlich, a supporter of many causes, is using his inspiring story and talents to compete for good.

“It’s an honor to be partnering with Wahl and St. Baldrick’s on such a fun campaign, and for a real worthwhile cause,” said Herzlich. “I love my Mohawk, but if it can be used to raise awareness and money for life-saving childhood cancer research, I’m more than willing to part ways with it.”

Pierre Garcon is considered a standout on the field, but his charitable work off the field stands out, as well. In 2008, he started the Helping Hands Foundation, which led a relief effort after the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti. Garcon’s soft spot for kids recently led him to help champion the Touchdown for Tara campaign, an effort to raise money for a local family whose daughter was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer.

“A good rivalry seems to bring out the best in our fans, so I’m hoping that’s the case when Mark and I go head to head where it really counts,” said Garcon. “What Wahl and St. Baldrick’s are doing is exciting and important…I’m looking forward to both of us raising a lot of money for childhood cancer research. That said, Mark better be ready because I’m not about to roll over and let him win.”

“We are honored to have Mark and Pierre on our St. Baldrick’s team, helping to tackle kids’ cancer and raise money for lifesaving research, so that children affected by cancer have a chance to live out their hopes and dreams,” says St. Baldrick’s CEO Kathleen Ruddy.

To stay in the loop on the head-to-head challenge, like Wahl on Facebook and  follow on Twitter and use the hashtag #Head2Head.