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Kids shave their heads for kids with cancer
Published Friday, June 3, 2016 2:56PM MDT
Last Updated Friday, June 3, 2016 7:09PM MDT
The hair clippers and the brooms were getting a good workout at Nellie McClung School as dozens of students shaved their lid for a kid.
They all raised money in the school’s 11th annual head shaving event will help send kids with cancer to the Kids Cancer Care Camp.
Many of these students, including eight year old Oliver Voweil, have shaved their heads before and know someone close to them with cancer.
“My aunt just got re-diagnosed with cancer so that kind of inspired me and to help the kids go to camp,” says Voweil.
Luke Zebak’s grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer. “She survived it and I’m doing it to and the kids to camp.”
His mother, Mary, shaved her head alongside her son. “Cancer takes away so much from people’s lives and little kids and they’re expected to be courageous and brave and strong and they deserve a place where they can go and have people know what they’re going through but also just to have fun.”
In 11 years, the students at Nellie McClung, located in Southwest Calgary, have raised $300,000.00 for Kids Cancer Care.
Every year, 160 Alberta kids are diagnosed with cancer so Jennifer Sanders, Event Coordinator for Kids Cancer Care, says this effort is outstanding.
“It’s so incredible for Kids Cancer Care,” she says. ”It helps us send kids to camp and other outreach programs here in Calgary. It funds hospital programs and our research programs as well as educational support programs.”
There’s more information on the programs and services offered at Kids Cancer Care on their website.