How many people would pay to see a Murrieta city council member shave their head?
Murrieta City Councilman Randon Lane is hoping a lot.
It will be in support of Lane's brother-in-law and Antioch, Calif., City Councilman Gary Agopian, who may have only months to live following his recent diagnosis with stage 4 glioplastoma, a form of brain cancer, Lane told Patch in a phone interview.
Lane said Agopian, his sister’s husband, has been a part of his life for 28 years. The news struck hard, he said.
“It is basically a very aggressive cancer; you see people on the average live three months,” Lane said. “But we are very hopeful..they are going to give him radiation and chemotherapy.”
So Lane has pledged to go bald with him, but there’s a catch.
The councilman had already been planning his annual benefit golf tournament Oct. 21 at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta.
Therefore, between now and Oct. 21—not in conjunction with the political fundraiser, Lane stressed—he is urging the community to donate $10,000 in honor of his brother-in-law’s battle with the disease.
If the $10,000 is raised, Lane will shave his head the day of the tournament.
Donations can made via the Michelle’s Place website by clicking here.
According to Lane, $5,000 of the money collected would go toward Michelle’s Place, a local nonprofit and breast cancer resource center. The other $5,000 would go toward glioplastoma research, he said.
“They (Michelle’s Place) are going to work to find the appropriate organization for that money,” Lane said.
“We are doing this all to support Gary. Our family is reeling from this,” he said.