A ‘Bald’ Move

NathanFrampton_10 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?

–Stacy Straczynski

4 Comments

  1. I wouldn't think it would be looked down upon by those who fight/have fought cancer. Chemotherapy patients lose their hair in a battle with cancer, while he was willing to remove his (not a hair style he wore) in order to support research to help end cancer. To me it's more solidarity than anything; a brief understanding of what it's like.

  2. He's raised $2000.00 to fight cancer so far…….. I can't believe you wasted the time to try and get people to question the act. How about this, I perceive it as a noble act that will help people in our lives down the road by the money he's raised for cancer research.

    You have the freedom to write what you want, but I perceive you're not proud of your article or you would have put your name to it.

  3. Are you crazy? How could anyone misconstrue his intentions? What other intentions could there have been? If you had interviewed Mr.Frampton personally I am sure there would have been no need for such an article. I find it ironic that it is tagged under "social responsibility"

  4. How sad for you that you need to look for a negative spin on such a positive act. The thousands of dollars that Frampton, his family and his company have raised for the American Cancer Society is far more valuable than a head of hair.
    If you support Nathan and the American Cancer Society please feel free to donate to our Relay for Life team at http://www.relayforlife.org/zionsvillein Just follow the links to Nathan's page.