Kevin McCarty, Director of the Northern Maine Museum of Science, asked if anyone wanted to use their heads for C-A-N-C-E-R, and went on to explain about Aroostook County’s 6th annual Planet Head Day that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, during the 82nd “birthday” of the discovery of Pluto. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wieden Gymnasium. This unique event celebrates space science while also serving as a fundraiser for C-A-N-C-E-R [Caring Area Neighbors for Cancer, Education and Recovery]. To do this, participants raise money to have their heads shaved and painted as planets, dwarf planets and moons.

Kevin McCarty (right), Director of the Northern Maine Museum of Science, thinks Ken Hensler's, Fort Fairfield Rotary Club Program Host, head would make a great Planet Head.

Each of the previous events has at least doubled the C-A-N-C-E-R funds raised over the previous year. Last year’s event raised more than $15,000, and the ambitious goal this year is to double that amount. For more information about participating in the event, contact Kevin McCartney at 207-768-9482 or Jeanie McGowan at 207-768-9747. Anyone wishing to help paint planets should contact McGowan.