Ballston Spa's 'Uncle Fester' shaves head in honor of friend who suffered from childhood cancer

March 24, 2017 04:55 PM

BALLSTON SPA - When Scott Brown takes on a role, he goes all in.

"Do I look like Uncle Fester yet?" Brown asks as they begin to shave his head on stage this week.

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The Ballston Spa High School senior has been in a lot of productions but has never put more into a character than this one.

"Ooh that feels nice," Brown chuckles in a way that would make Uncle Fester proud as the electric razor makes swaths through his hair.

He isn't just shaving his head to look more like Uncle Fester, Brown's doing it in honor of a girl who's like a little sister to him.

"It was a slow road to recovery, but I'm here now," said 13-year-old Hannah Hughes who was just 7 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2010.

Her little sister, Fiona, was just 4 and was the bone marrow match that saved Hannah's life.

"It made me feel happy because I knew I was helping her," said Fiona, now 10.

And both Hughes girls continue to help others.

Hannah is cancer-free but the girls and their parents still play an important role in raising money for St. Baldrick's, the organization that encourages people to shave their heads as a fundraiser for curing childhood cancers.

The St. Baldrick's fundraiser is Saturday at the Saratoga City Tavern and Scott Brown is one of the top fundraisers, bringing in almost $1,500 in honor of Hannah and Fiona.

Brown asks, "What better way to do it than combine what Hannah has gone through and what Fiona has gone through to help her, and put it toward the show and raise money for the cause,"

A cause that Hannah and Fiona Hughes know all too well.

The goal says Hannah, "To make sure that for generations to come, maybe cancer won't exist any more."


Mark Mulholland

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