FANIMATION president Nathan Frampton might be feeling a bit of a breeze these days, and its not from of one of his company’s innovative ceiling fans. The company announced today (May 11) that Frampton, as a promise to those who contributed and supported his recent participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life®, shaved his head. He raised $1,500 in total for the cause.
"I participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life® because we want to see an end to cancer," explains Frampton in a statement. "The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life® allows us the unique opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission by fighting back against a disease that has already taken too much."
As someone who is an advocate for any type of cancer research and fundraising (both my grandmother’s suffered and ultimately died from the disease when I was a little girl), this story peaked my interest. While I am glad that money was earned for the cause and that FANIMATION is actively supporting the fight against cancer, I wonder how Frampton’s actions might be perceived among the public. Since cancer patients undergo chemotherapy and typically lose their hair, which can be quite an embarrassing and traumatic experience, I hope that his positive intentions won’t be misconstrued.
What do you think: Was Frampton’s decision to bare all up top wise, or do you think it might resonate an unintentional insincerity? What do you think he should have done instead to gain contributors?