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Jaffrey girl makes a bald statement

  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Mikeal Quimby of Manchester, left, and Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Mikeal Quimby of Manchester, left, and Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Mikeal Quimby of Manchester will participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off as a part of Veronique Pomerleau's team and shave his head on June 9 in honor of children with cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Mikeal Quimby of Manchester will participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off as a part of Veronique Pomerleau's team and shave his head on June 9 in honor of children with cancer.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey is expected to participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium for a second year this June. She has formed a team to help raise money for the national fight against cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey is expected to participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium for a second year this June. She has formed a team to help raise money for the national fight against cancer.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey, left, and Mikeal Quimby of Manchester swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Mikeal Quimby of Manchester, left, and Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey swing on a playset in Pomerleau's backyard on Thursday afternoon. Both will shave their heads in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 9 in honor of children with pediatric cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Mikeal Quimby of Manchester will participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off as a part of Veronique Pomerleau's team and shave his head on June 9 in honor of children with cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Veronique Pomerleau of Jaffrey is expected to participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium for a second year this June. She has formed a team to help raise money for the national fight against cancer.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

JAFFREY — For the second consecutive year, 10-year-old Veronique Pomerleau will shave her head in support of children with cancer. But this time around, she’s asked her friends to join her and make a bald statement, too.

“My hair can’t get donated to Locks of Love this year,” Pomerleau of Jaffrey said Friday, explaining that her hair must be at least 10 inches long in a ponytail to make a hairpiece for a child with cancer. “But I can still raise all this money, and help kids and their families.”

Pomerleau is expected to join more than 800 people, who on June 9 will participate in the 4th Annual One Mission Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., and shave their heads in honor of children with pediatric cancer. Money raised by Buzz-Off participants will help fund programs and services at Boston Children’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families.

“Since I raised over $1,000 last year, my goal this year is $2,000,” Pomerleau said.

As of Monday afternoon, Pomerleau had raised nearly $200.

But $2,000 is just Pomerleau’s individual goal. This year, she is forming a team to help support her in the fight against cancer, and each member is seeking donations of his or her own.

“It’s really cool to have a bunch of people doing it with you, rather than just one person,” Pomerleau said, adding that she wants as many people become apart of her team.

So far, Pomerleau has recruited two friends: 10-year-old Mikeal Quimby of Manchester and Susan Gansberger of California, who will cut off her hair at home and mail it to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Quimby and Pomerleau have grown up together and said they are excited to take part in such an important cause.

Students at the Jaffrey Grade School — where Pomerleau, who is now homeschooled, used to go to school — will be doing their part to help Pomerleau and her team. On April 19, the student council is sponsoring “Hat Day” as a fundraiser for the Buzz-Off. Pomerleau’s mom, Marsha Pomerleau, said every child who wears a hat to school will donate a dollar to the Buzz-Off.

Pomerleau said she was nervous last June when she shaved her head for the first time, but said that this time she knows what to expect.

“I know what they do now,” Pomerleau said, referring to the head shave. “It’ll make it cool for me in the summer, too.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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