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Richey Boyd '14 Takes a Stand for Childhood Cancer

College decisions, finals, graduation – for most seniors, these are the big issues on the table this time of year. But for Richey Boyd, there’s been an additional mission added to the mix – raising money for childhood cancer. A boy he’d coached in hockey at home in Florida – Dillon Simmons – was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 and just recently passed away. Richey became determined to make a difference – and a statement.
 
Over the past few weeks, Richey sold raffle tickets to benefit the Dillon Simmons Foundation. The prize for the winning ticket-holder: the opportunity to shave off Richey’s long hockey hair.
 
At the end of Monday’s all-school assembly, Richey thanked supporters who helped him raise over $1,000, and asked for a moment of silence for Dillon. He then pulled the winning ticket: Susie Carlisle, Dean of Academics.
 
With the help from Richey’s sister, Maggie ’15, Dr. Carlisle took to the stage, plugged in the clippers, and got to work, shaving Richey’s long locks down to a buzz. Congratulations, Richey, for taking a stand and making a difference – and it’s a great new look, too!

The Dillon Simmons Foundation account is set up at the Fifth Third Bank, 21321 South Tamiami Trail, Estero, Florida, 33928. To make donations, the routing number is 067091719  and the account number is 7433650053. 
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Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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