On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, over thirty local scouts, cubs and beavers participated in a Head Shave for Cancer Awareness Challenge. The head shave event has grown in numbers year after year, making this the 4th year running for the troops to come together for the event.
The downstairs area at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church was transformed into a barber shop, with three hair stylists/ barbers from Oscar & Dario Hairstyling & Barbering volunteering to support the cause.
Oscar & Dario salon owner Monic Cuengros along with Courtney Hedley and Jamie-Lynn Van Schooneveld brought their tools of the trade to the church basement, and set up a barber shop. This is the second year the stylists from Oscar & Dario salon – located in the Station Mall – have donated their time to support the cancer awareness event.
What began in 2015 with nine participants, has now grown to include over thirty participants from Beavers, Cubs and Scout troops in the Sault Ste. Marie area. The final tally for the event was 35 troopers.
Alyssa Garofola Lake, Community Fundraising Specialist for the local Canadian Cancer Society – Algoma Office – was in attendance to cheer everyone on, and share information on cancer prevention. “I’d like to thank Scouts Canada for inviting me to take part in this head shave event.” Lake said.
“For me, the best part about working at the Canadian Cancer Society is having the opportunity to connect with youth in our community who make our work in the fight against cancer possible through fundraising efforts and cancer awareness activities such as head shaving.”
Lake recently shortened her own hair length by donating a ponytail to ‘Pantene Beautiful Lengths’.
“For those who have hair to donate to help make wigs for women who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment, you can do so by mailing your ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. I personally donated 10.5’’ in November, but it takes 8 to 15 ponytails to create 1 real-hair wig!” shared Lake.
“Sadly, we all know that cancer can change everything, as we each know someone who has been affected. It might be a friend, close relative, colleague or neighbour, but we all have someone in our lives who has known the effects of cancer. What unites us is our passion to raise funds to invest in cancer research and support services, as well as to raise awareness that begins a dialogue in our community. Because of this passion and united effort, progress is being made! The overall cancer survival rate has increased from roughly 25% in the 1940s to 60% today.”
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Well done super troopers! The following list includes the names of the participants from Tuesday evening’s head shave for cancer event. ScoutTroops 20th St. Paul’s – 21st Eastside – 11th Westminster and 19th Korah West participated.
Aaron Galka, Stan Galka, Barbe Rook, Edwin Martin, Solange Maltais, Kenny Hermiston, Kaiden Maltais, Christopher Maltais, Jim Rogers, Josh Grant, Ron Moore, Nicholas Lamond, Steven Mullins, Jon Willet, Evan Watson, McKenzie Pigeon, Teagan Maki, Greg McLean, Eric Hammerstedt, Bill Pigeon, Aaron Noel, Stefan Noel, Jack Currie, Connor Fleet, Akela Sand, Wayne Maki, Deizel Goodall, Riley Korschin, Carey Korschin, Kari Aube, Jarret Maki, Kerry lynn Noel, Felicia Wilkies-Noel, Neil Galka and Heather Couture.