What is StacheStrong? US Curling Legend Matt Hamilton Cuts His Famous Hair For Charity
Matt Hamilton from the United States got a haircut for charity in recognition of Brain Cancer Awareness Month.
Hamilton’s hair was more than just a fashion statement for the 2018 and 2021 Winter Olympics. Her long locks were also helping to raise money for a good cause.
The two-time curling Olympian from McFarland, Wisconsin, donated 12 inches of his hair to the non-profit organization “Wigs for Kids,” which helps youth with hair loss.
Hamilton has his first haircut in almost three years.
What is StacheStrong?
After his brother GJ was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadliest primary malignant brain tumor in adults, Gerner founded StacheStrong. GJ’s firm name was given to the organization when he underwent brain surgery in 2018.
Matt Hamilton’s haircut was part of his ongoing fundraising efforts for StacheStrong. It is a 501(c)(3) foundation that has generated more than $2 million for brain cancer research. It has sponsored 17 research grants and clinical studies.
During the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hamilton signed up for StacheStrong after chairman and co-founder Colin Gerner recognized his trademark mustache and unique haircut.
Gerner explained, “It was actually just a family wake-up call for my brother, who had brain surgery and cut off his mustache.” “My father and I did the same. When your older brother is going through something like that, it’s the only thing you can do. He was born #StacheStrong and we started developing them in the most natural way possible.”
GJ died in 2019 after a battle with brain cancer.
Matt Hamilton had no personal experience with GBM when he initially joined StacheStrong, but that changed after learning of his uncle’s diagnosis.
“Two or three months later I found out my uncle had stage 4 cancer and we got the news that he died on Valentine’s Day during the Olympics,” added Matt Hamilton. “Brain cancer, like any cancer, sucks, so any contribution he can make is welcome.”
StacheStrong is now running a brewery campaign where every pint of beer sold will contribute $1 to their efforts to generate funds for brain cancer research. Six Wisconsin breweries are participating in the #BrewStacheStrong campaign if you want to raise a pint.