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RFAH CEO goes green to raise some green

River Falls Area Hospital CEO David Miller sported a head of green hair, saying RFAH lost the challenge “fair and square.”1 / 3
RFAH CEO David Miller had his hair dyed green.2 / 3
Staffers participated in a challenge benefiting the American Cancer Society. (Submitted photos)3 / 3

RIVER FALLS--River Falls Area Hospital CEO David Miller may have been the loser in a friendly competition between the hospital and River Falls Medical Clinic, but the American Cancer Society was definitely the winner.

Miller sported green hair at the March 28 Relay For Life of River Falls/Pierce County as a result of losing a Pot of Gold contest between staff at the hospital, part of Allina Health, and the clinic.

The event, which raised a total of $695.02 for the Relay for Life, saw employees from both organizations competing to collect the most change, with any paper money or check donations counting negatively. The heads of administration at each facility agreed to dye their hair green if their organization lost the challenge.

“I lost, fair and square, and I’m willing to pay up,” said Miller. “If someone asks me why my hair is green, I’m happy to tell them it’s because we raised this money for cancer. And if someone gave another significant sum for cancer, I would paint it green again.”

The money raised through the challenge will be added to funds raised by hospital and clinic employees through a series of events, including a chili cook-off, bake, craft and luminaria sale, and donations to walkers, totaling more than $4,500. Additionally, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, was one of the major sponsors of the Relay for Life.