Save the summer haircut for Hair for Heroes event

From left, Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB paramedics Audrey Jones, Jess Wilkin and Rudy Corbiere, show off their long manes which they will be donating July 6 to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, providing wigs to Canadians battling cancer.

Area paramedics hope to donate 150 inches of hair for cancer patient wings

MANITOULIN—Cancel your summer haircut and save your trim for Hair for Heroes on July 6, an event hosted by the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB) at the Little Current EMS base, which is encouraging community members to join area paramedics in donating hair and funds to those battling cancer in Canada.

“Our goal is to donate 150 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary,” explained DSB paramedic and event organizer Jess Wilkin. “There are a lot of great organizations to donate hair to, but with Pantene it is Canadian based and they donate the wigs totally free of charge to Canadians in need. We are also accepting donations, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society Transportation Program. This program supports a group of volunteers who provide rides for cancer patients to and from their cancer related treatments, free of cost.”

Ms. Wilkin will be donating her hair on July 6 along with two of her fellow Little Current EMS fellow paramedics, Audrey Jones and Rudy Corbiere, and approximately 10 other Manitoulin and Sudbury DSB paramedics.

“We started talking about it over a year ago,” said Ms. Wilkin of the event. “We wanted to involve other DSB employees and the community.”

Ms. Wilkin is no stranger to donating her hair, having done it several times before.

“I’ve been doing it over the past 10 years because my aunt, who has since passed, had cancer and lost her hair,” she shared. “I started donating then but continued to do so. I figured that instead of getting a trim of four inches every now and then, why not wait, grow to eight inches and donate so that the hair can benefit someone else. My hair is dispensable but to some others that’s not a luxury they have. My coworkers Audrey and Rudy started growing their hair a couple years ago with the same plan in mind, so we decided why not get more medics involved. That grew to reaching out to the community and asking for their involvement as well.”

Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB employees have stepped up as well and will be donating close to $1,000 towards the cause. Members of the community have too, but Ms. Wilkin said that their goal is to raise $3,000 in addition to the 150 inches of hair.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths requires that hair is a minimum of eight inches, free of dye/chemicals and les than five percent grey.

“If people do not meet the Pantene credentials, we will work with them to help them find an organization who will accept their donation,” added Ms. Wilkin. “Linda Case of Hair Trends has also donated her skill and time to cut hair on July 6.”

Hair for Heroes will be held on Thursday, July 6 at 11 am at the Little Current EMS base located at 30 Wilson Street East. Members of the public are invited to come out and donate their hair, money or simply show their support for the cause.

If you are unable to attend, financial donations can be made through cancer.ca/hairforheroes. For more information, Ms. Wilkin can be reached at 705-822-5377 or Jessica.wilkin@msdsb.net.