Peterborough pastor shaves head to donate hair for those with cancer

  • Rev. Dr. Bob Marrone, pastor of the Union Congregational Church, shaved off his hair, which had been growing for the last three years, on Saturday to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment. Courtesy photo—

  • Rev. Dr. Bob Marrone, pastor of the Union Congregational Church, shaved off his hair, which had been growing for the last three years, on Saturday to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment. Courtesy photo—

  • Rev. Dr. Bob Marrone, pastor of the Union Congregational Church, shaved off his hair, which had been growing for the last three years, on Saturday to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment. Courtesy photo—

  • Rev. Dr. Bob Marrone, pastor of the Union Congregational Church, shaved off his hair, which had been growing for the last three years, on Saturday with the help of his wife Jodi to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment. Courtesy photo

  • Rev. Dr. Bob Marrone, pastor of the Union Congregational Church, shaved off his hair, which had been growing for the last three years, on Saturday to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/7/2021 4:32:18 PM

If you saw Rev. Dr. Bob Marrone, pastor of the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough, on Friday, you would have seen his beard and flowing gray locks down to the middle of his back. Fast forward 24 hours and Marrone looked quite different –  without a single hair on his head.

On Saturday, Marrone continued a tradition that dates back to 2000 where he grows his hair out for three years and then shaves his head to donate his hair to help create wigs for those undergoing cancer treatments. It always happens the day before Easter and this year it was his wife Jodi who not only buzzed his head, but also shaved it with a razor for a completely bald look. He also shaved off his beard.

The idea started with a woman he met at Andover Newton Theological School. She was going through cancer treatments and they talked about the loss of her hair.

“I decided I needed to grow my hair out and donate it,” Marrone said. “At that point I began growing it out.”

The first two times, he just donated it. Then the Rev. Dr. Peter Wells suggested Marrone fundraise for his hair cut. This year, he surpassed his goal of $2,500 to raise more than $3,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, bringing his total to over $16,000.

“I think any way we can raise awareness of cancer is a good thing,” Marrone said.

The hair will be donated to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, which provides wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment.

“Since I have gray hair, the little kids can’t use it,” Marrone said.

Before going to seminary school, Marrone worked 10 years as a nurse’s aide in hospice care.

“I took care of many, many people who lost their lives to cancer,” he said. Each time he shaves his head, Marrone dedicates it to those in the community afflicted with the disease. “It’s always a list and it’s heartbreaking.”

This year, his father Joe was on that list as he is undergoing treatments.

“This is the first occurrence I know of in my family, so it’s even closer to home now,” Marrone said.


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