A group of brave young fundraisers made their way to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Glen site on October 21 to part with their luscious locks for a very worthy cause. These students took part in Raise Craze in support of the MUHC Breast Clinic’s Wellness Program. The annual event organized by Pink in the City, in collaboration with the MUHC Foundation, raised $20,000 this year.
Some of the participants shaved their heads fully, others cut off many inches of hair, all of which will be donated for breast cancer patients suffering from hair loss.
Thirteen year-old Zoe Chilton was the first head shave of the day. The teen rallied the community, selling handmade bracelets, cupcakes, and through other fundraising efforts was able to raise $5,000.
“So many people that I love have been touched by cancer; my mom, my grandparents, and our family friends. I am doing this for them,” the teen says.
Zoe’s family cheered loudly as the razor began to buzz. Fani Nikopoulos, Zoe’s mother, was diagnosed with uterine cancer three years ago and received treatment at the MUHC. She says she is proud of Zoe’s courage and dedication to giving back to a cause that has touched them all deeply.
“Don’t be afraid to do something like this.” That is the message Zoe has for others; inspire your community to give back.
Thank you to all of the amazing participants who worked hard to fundraise and create awareness in their communities and to every single volunteer and supporter who made this day possible!