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Local company fights cancer a follicle at a time

Lorna Fargo of CM Cleaning (left) swept up after the event, which benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Granite Telecommunications shaved the heads of its employees Monday to raise $2.2 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Jennifer Chu of Quincy (left) was one of 430 Granite employees who shaved their heads to raise money to fight cancer. Ross Golen, a Stoughton resident, opted to shave hair off his face, but not from his head.DAVID L RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Chief executive Rob Hale and his mother donated $5,000 per head shaved. About 430 employees went under the buzzer.

Hale’s father died from pancreatic cancer, and Hale raises money yearly for Dana-Farber, but this event doubled the traditional contribution. Hale said that “$2.2 million is a lot of money to help prevent a terrible disease,.

Granite is a Quincy telecommunications company with more than 1,200 employees.

“It was a special day for our company,” Hale said. “If other companies take up similar challenges, it would be wonderful.”