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Let’s take a quick break from the travesty that is the 2009 Washington Nationals — who last night sat through a 2-hour, 10-minute rain delay in the bottom of the ninth, rallied to tie the game and send it to extra innings and then lose anyways in the 12th — and talk about something that truly is sad.

I wanted to pass along this story, which comes from MASN pregame/postgame host Johnny Holliday. Johnny’s 10-year-old grandson Jack Rolle just began chemotherapy treatment this week for a rare cancer called germinoa. Basically, he has a malignant tumor on his pituitary gland. It cannot be removed surgically, so chemo was the only option. If that procedure is successful, he’ll then begin radiation treatment at Mass General.

Jack is a fun-loving fifth grader at Mater Dei who apparently plays a mean round of golf — he recently won the 10-year-old competition at Congressional Country Club, a contest I surely would finish last in.

Knowing what Jack was about to endure, and also knowing how much funding still is needed for cancer research, the Rolle family came up with a brilliant idea: A “Buzzathon”. What that means: family members, friends and any other well-wishers are invited to go to Kentlands Family Barbershop in Gaithersburg between 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday (June 17) and get a buzzcut in support of Jack. The cost is $15, but all proceeds will go directly to the Pituitary Foundation or the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital.

If you can’t make it to the Buzzathon, or if you’re too scared to see what your head would look like with a buzz cut, I encourage you to make a donation to either of those worthy entities.

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