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Sun Gazette: Hope Gets Swept Up in Excitement, Hair Gets Swept Away After Shearing Print

BY Scott McCaffrey

Created:  Tuesday, November 8, 2011 7:41AM


Apparently swept away in the moment, Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) last weekend found himself emulating Telly Savalas, Yul Brynner, Sinead O’Connor, Michael Jordan, Dwight Eisenhower, the most beloved of all the Three Stooges (Curly) and other bald-by-choice-or-by-nature icons, after having his head shaved to support the fight against childhood cancer.

SG_Shaved_head_11.8.11Jerome Horwitz - known to Three Stooges fans as Curly Howard–kept his hair cropped short. Now he has a follower in Del. Patrick Hope, who had his own hair shaved in support of efforts to eradicate childhood cancers.

Hope was attending the “Be Brave and Shave” event at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City with other community leaders, and was slated only to give words of encouragement. But he decided to take the plunge and have his relatively short locks shorn away.

Hope said it was a “small way” to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

“We need to aggressively pursue innovative research and therapies, and cure childhood cancers once and for all,” said the freshman delegate, who was unopposed in the Nov. 8 election.

Inquiring minds wanted to know: How, exactly, did the lovely Mrs. Hope take the news that her husband had joined the brigade of the hairless, if only for a few weeks?

Kristen Hope responded with a statement she was “glad he was able to do his part to help out with such a great cause.”

“It’s such a small sacrifice when compared to what the patients and their families face. I guess I know what to get him for Christmas now: a warm hat,” Kristen Hope said.

“Be Brave and Shave” is part of the Heroes Against Childhood Cancer initiative, which supports the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center.

A large contingent from the Arlington County Police Department participated in the event, including Chief Douglas Scott.

“The response from our department is quite gratifying,” Scott said. “While about 20 officers had their hair shaved or cut off, many more participated in fund-raising and donations.”

“It is wonderful to be part of an organization that feels so strongly about giving back to the children in our community,” Scott said.