Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

What's the buzz all about?

AHS hoop team gets clipped to aid pediatric cancer charity


Fazio said his team participates in several community service projects throughout the year, including during the basketball season.

“That’s an important element of our program, helping others,” said Fazio, who grew up in Lawrence without a father around. “It really means a lot because our guys have fun doing things like this. And they do it together.”

Andover players raised $1,085 for the Buzz-Off, which was just over their goal of $1,000.

All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will support One Mission, which offers financial assistance to families as their children battle cancer. Reed, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 21, says that without help from his friends, family members and coworkers at Commonwealth Motors, he would have never been able to financially make it through his treatments.

Pisacreta admitted that his fresh-buzzed head “will take a little getting used to.”

“I’ve never had my hair this short before. Never. But think about the cause. Think about how much money we raised. I’m very pleased with the result,” he said.

As for the smirks he expected to get at school this week, Pisacreta didn’t flinch.

“I honestly don’t care what people think,” he said. “Considering the cause, I can live with short hair for a while.”

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