Cuts for Cancer took place during Spring Fever Days in Emo at the Hair and Body Care Shoppe.
September 9, 2017
The Hair and Body Care Shoppe in Emo is a hopping place during Spring Fever days in April – for that weekend they host Cuts for Cancer.
Cuts for Cancer is almost exactly as it sounds; a fundraising event where kids and adults alike step forward to have their hair cut off or head completely shaved, with all proceeds going to the Northern Cancer Fund to support the Tbaytel Tamarack House in Thunder Bay. Regular haircuts for donations are also provided during the event. This year’s event raised $9,107.
Owner Stacy Kreger explained, “We had eight people participate this year, and they all raised pledges in advance of the event. Four of them chose to cut and donate their long hair while four chose to have their entire heads shaved.”
The event takes place on the sidewalk in front of the Hair and Body Care Shoppe and garners lots of onlookers and supporters. “Our community is very supportive of this,” said Diane Bonot, Stylist. “I think because they know the proceeds go to an organization that supports so many people if they are diagnosed with cancer.”
During its nineteen-year history, Cuts for Cancer has raised over $50,000 to support patients and families with cancer. Herself a cancer survivor, Kreger knows the importance and value of having Tbaytel Tamarack House available in Thunder Bay. “For people who don’t live in Thunder Bay, it really is a home-away-from home. My Mom stayed every two weeks for a year as she had cancer and was part of a clinical trial. All the people are so good to you when you’re there. It’s very comforting and you do feel like you’re at home.”
Added Bonot, “I accompanied my Mother-In-Law to the Amethyst House (at the former Cancer Centre). You don’t necessarily appreciate what we have until you experience it, and really, no one wants to experience it, but it’s the best place to be if you have to be somewhere other than home.”
Concluded Kreger, “We’re all very proud to be able to have this impact for everyone in our community – not only here in Emo and our surrounding areas – but all across Northwestern Ontario. Knowing that these funds can help so many people is very heartening and it’s why we continue to hold this event, and while people here continue to rally behind it.”