The University of Maine at Presque Isle and C-A-N-C-E-R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer Education and Recovery] announced that the 10th Annual Planet Head Day was a big success.


The fundraiser, held on Feb. 20 in UMPI's Wieden Gymnasium, raised nearly $20,000. Nearly 50 County citizens had their heads shaved, while others donned bald caps, and had them painted to look like planets, moons, comets, and other celestial bodies during this unique fundraiser that brings together space science education and cancer awareness. The event has become one of the most widely known single-day fundraising events in northern Maine.

Planet Head Day is the major fundraising event for C-A-N-C-E-R, an Aroostook County-based grassroots organization that assists cancer patients and their families. All monies raised during Planet Head Day stay in the County and help those recently diagnosed or in treatment for cancer. C-A-N-C-E-R strives to help patients with travel expenses and other treatment-related expenses.

This year, the first people to have their heads shaved and painted were a group of city and town managers from the region, including Martin Puckett, City Manager from Presque Isle, who was painted as Earth, and Town Managers David Cyr from Mars Hill (Uranus), Jon Frederick from Mapleton (Mars) and James Risner from Fort Fairfield (Mercury).