Lion Grows Mane for Kids with Cancer
When the pandemic hit, Rod Leathers had not had a hair cut since December 2019. As his hair kept growing, he was also thinking about how his beloved Central Lake Lion’s could keep helping. Rod and his wife Marie, both Lions, saw an opportunity to turn Rod’s growing mane into a fundraiser for the childhood cancer charities the Lions support.
Pretty soon they launched a Facebook fundraiser “District Governor Rod’s Shave for Pediatric Cancer” to give Rod a shave and cut to raise $7500 for cancer charities, including Camp Quality Michigan. Rod is the District Governor and Childhood Cancer Chair for the 11-E2 Lions District. He and Marie have been involved with Lions for eleven years and say the things they want people to know about the Lions is “Lions are here to help”.
Their campaign has reached donors in eight states so far and their family has a friendly competition going beyond the local supporters and Michigan Lions supporting the campaign. After donating his kids have scolded him to “get a haircut.” Rod will get a shave and cut on October 10th at 10:10 am – live on Facebook. Central Lake’s barber, Brian Patton, will do the honors and all the Lions can celebrate both Rod’s shave and cut, but also all they have done to make the lives of children with cancer better.
Rod and Marie want people to know that the Lions motto is ‘We Serve’. Lions clubs love to serve and help their communities, often saying ‘ where there is a need, there is a Lion’. Families, individuals and groups needing help should reach out to their local Lions Club. Lions have helped with gas cards, building ramps, eye screenings for children and more. To donate to Rod’s campaign between now and October 10th, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/287428228991389/4183504125024738/ or go to the Central Lake Lions web page at www.centrallakelions.org