This year on April 30th, I will be continuing my annual tradition of shaving my hair in support of cancer research with Hair Donation Ottawa.
Cancer is a disease which affects all of us; whether directly or indirectly, we all know someone whose life has been permanently altered by this tragic condition. But thanks to advances in medical technology, we can all contribute to change that.
Before research began receiving funding from institutes such as the Canadian Cancer Society, it was understood very differently than it is today. What was initially thought of as one disease is now more generally considered as 200 distinct disease each brought upon by different causes and thereby requiring different treatments. Likewise, in the 1970s, only half of those diagnosed with the disease could expect to live for another five years. Now, that number has risen to more than 2/3.
I am proud that this is my sixth year participating in a hair donation campaign in support of various cancer research organizations and my fourth with Hair Donation Ottawa.
My goal for this year is to raise $500 in support of cancer research; however, as with any charitable institution, I would welcome the idea of surpassing that goal!
I would like to invite residents to share their generosity with this excellent campaign by sponsoring my hair donation at this link. I would also like to encourage residents to take this opportunity to start their own campaigns. Every little bit of funding helps to bring Canadians one step closer to preventing cancer from taking another life.
The event takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 9:00-5:00 PM at the Algonquin College Salon and Spa “A” building, Room #A112 and Mayor Watson has graciously offered his barbering talents for my head shaving at 1:00 PM.
I would like to thank Helene Hutchings and Perry Pavlovic with Hair Donation Ottawa for all of her hard work in creating this campaign which has now raised over $370,000 for cancer research since launching in 2011. I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for offering his time as well as the entire community of Stittsville for all of their donations of support over the years in benefit of this charity.
Donations can be made by clicking here. Thank you for supporting cancer research.