Update October 27, 2021
From the depths of my heart, I am sorry and apologize for all the pain this campaign has caused. I have ended the program and, from this day forward, will be guided by you – the community of cancer patients, survivors and advocates – to show the way forward.
October 26, 2021
In 2009, I created Be Bold Be Bald to honor people who have cancer and their support network of caregivers, families, healthcare providers and scientists. After watching my good friend and business partner Mike Connell go from diagnosis through treatment and later die, I was impacted profoundly. I was in awe of his strength and courage throughout his two-year journey. I wanted to do something positive to channel my loss and sadness.
After Mike’s passing, my colleagues and I committed to honoring that strength, keeping his persistence alive, and helping others do the same for their friends and loved ones. Since his death, we have raised more than $1 million for cancer charities.
While my colleagues and I seek to help advance research, advocacy and treatment, we recognize that any approach that does not unite and pains people is not right. After recently hearing from several cancer patients and survivors, we understand that the program is insensitive to many. For that reason, we will be suspending Be Bold Be Bald!
We will reach out to people we’ve heard from and listen and learn from their feedback. We hope that these conversations lead to a new direction that can inspire a positive and inclusive program that supports the intent of our activity.
Thank you to all who have participated in and supported Be Bold Be Bald since its founding. And, thank you to all of our beneficiaries committed to making science and therapeutic advances possible so that may one day we can change the course of this disease.
– Jeff Freedman, Founder