The area around Street JAM'S top court - located in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena - was a popular one late Saturday afternoon.
People were packed together - three and four deep in some places - craning their necks in an effort to get a good view. Others pulled out their smartphones so they could photograph and videotape what they were watching.
And all the activity had absolutely nothing to do with basketball.
From left, Jennifer Peters, Marcy Madonia and Lisa Champlin are pictured after Madonia, owner of Marcels Hair Salon, shaved Peters’ and Champlin’s heads to raise money for cancer research Saturday at Street JAM.
P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
Rather, the interest had everything to do with the heart-felt actions of two Resource Center employees - Lisa Champlin of Randolph and Jennifer Peters of Jamestown. Together, the women had their heads shaved in support of their Going Bald for Bucks effort. Proceeds from the fundraising, which will be split between Filling the Gap Inc. (which works with TRC to support people with disabilities in Chautauqua County) and WCA Hospital's Cancer Treatment Center.
"It's awesome," said Champlin, a TRC case worker. " ... We have a choice to say, 'I want to cut my hair.' People who are diagnosed (with cancer) don't really have a choice. They have to go into treatment and that usually means no hair.
"I think a lot of people came because they thought it was a big joke and they didn't think we were going to follow through with it."
But with Marcy Madonia, the owner of Marcels Hair Salon in Jamestown, providing her expertise, Peters and Champlin took turns having their hair removed.
"The funny thing about (Peters) is she's always coming in and getting different things done (to her hair)," Madonia said. "I give those girls a lot of credit."
It's the cause, especially the hospital's cancer treatment center, that is near and dear to the women's hearts.
"Vicky (Trass Bardo, Street JAM tournament director and TRC's special projects & events coordinator), gave us the stage we wanted and we wanted it to go to cancer research," Champlin said. "... We wanted to stay local."
In addition, the women, who have had family and friends touched by the disease, were sporting T-shirts that read "Working our hair off to battle all cancer." They've even had bracelets made at their own expense to help spread awareness.
"It's really a big motivator," said Peters, a vocational instructor at TRC's workshop. "What better way to help other people out."
Added Champlin: "Roswell (Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo) always says that every penny counts."
As the women posed for photographs and interviews, Champlin picked up her 3-year-old son and asked him two questions:
"What do you think of Mommy's hair?"
And, "Do you still love Mommy?"
In between bites of a cookie, Jaydan answered in the affirmative to both queries.
Champlin's smile said the rest.