Thunder Bay students from Lakehead University recently underwent a makeover, shaving their heads to raise awareness and funds for cancer patients at an annual charity held in the city. University staff also participated during the event, donating their hair to Locks of Love, a program that collects hair to be used in creating hairpieces for less fortunate youths 18 and below suffering from the debilitating disease.
According to 21-year-old Lakehead student Marty Johnston, he’s long wanted to cut his hair off, but wanted to do it for a charitable event like the one held earlier this week. He added that he was going to shave it all off sooner or later.
Sporting edgy blue highlighted hair, Johnston shaved it all off in front of a cheering crowd. He said that he’s going to miss it, especially since it gave him the opportunity to make a fashion statement of sorts.
19-year-old Tyler Dilallo, one of the event’s organizers, hopes that the display raises awareness on how cancer affects the lives of those who suffer from it. It’s especially sad to see individuals afflicted with the disease trying to hold things together, he said.
The event was created in the hopes of raising $1,500, which will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.