What was your childhood like? Twenty-something years ago did you sing along to your favourite Disney song on your way to soccer practice, with your biggest fear revolving around getting picked last for a game at recess? Doctors’ check-ups were routine, the only time you went to the hospital was to meet your new siblings or cousins, and you never had to see your parents cry because they were worried about your health.
And you had hair.
My hair was white-blonde, long (except for that time I had a bowl cut…), and it became a large part of my identity, a lot like how I imagine it would feel to be Rapunzel. It seems like an odd question, but can you imagine what your childhood would have been like if you didn’t have hair? The tale of Rapunzel wouldn’t even exist without her hair.
For approximately 10,000 cancer-stricken children in Canada each year, this is their reality. Their childhood is not a childhood, and the bald reflection in the mirror is unrecognizable. Their days are spent indoors, whether at the hospital or confined to their own homes. They don’t get to go to soccer practice, they may not have the energy to sing along to their favourite Disney song, and their fears, along with those of their parents, are much greater than what will happen at recess.
On Friday, January 15, the Queen’s Law Cancer Society is hosting its first annual Shave for a Cure event to raise money for Childhood Cancer Canada, an amazing organization whose tireless efforts have made incredible advancements in treatment options and survival rates for cancers that affect Canadian youth. Hair, or lack there of, is often a very visible sign of one’s cancer diagnosis, so by volunteering to shave your head or cut off several inches of your luscious locks, you are showing these cancer-stricken children that you support them, and that they are not alone.
From someone who rarely has a good hair day, I can tell you that when it finally happens, I feel like I can take on the world. So come out to support the children who need that good-hair-day-feeling more than any of us.
Written by Stephanie McLoughlin