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Students Shave to Save for Southlake kids cancer unit

A Bradford West Gwillimbury elementary school hopes to raise $10,000 for local children battling cancer
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Cancer survivor Helen Garrett, centre, is flanked by Ewan Felhaber, from left, Sam Smith, William deZwaan and her son William Garrett, who shaved their heads in her honour. Submitted photo

Some Bradford elementary students are getting ready to shave their heads to support local children with cancer.

Students at Fred C. Cook Public School are raising money for the pediatric oncology unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre.

“It’s a very emotional experience. The kids are giving sacrificially. To see them up there (to have their heads shaved or donate 12 inches of their hair) to help people they don’t personally know is quite something,” said Rosi Martin, one of the event organizers.

“Everyone’s been touched by this disease in one way or another. To see children doing an act of kindness like that is wonderful.”.

Fred C. Cook, W.H. Day Elementary School in BWG, and another school in Innisfil have raised more than $100,000 for Young Adult Cancer Canada since beginning the event eight years ago.

Martin said organizers are hoping to raise $10,000 this year, and a website has been set up for online donations.

The Shave to Save campaign kicks off today, with the shave event taking place at Fred C. Cook on June 6.

“Every year it’s a highlight of the school year,” Martin said. “Bradford has been very supportive.”