Sunday, April 21, 2024

Wanted: Heroes For Hope


stephens cops4cancerThe annual shave-offs are still happening across the region with four more community events over the summer months. Heroes For Hope which was formerly known as Cops for Cancer have gone through many changes over the years with more and more people coming on board to support the event.

The decision was made to adopt the new name Heroes For Hope, because everyone who supports, donates or participates is a HERO in a cancer patients eyes.

Since the program began in 1994, it has raised more than $50.4 million. With many school events, community events plus the addition of several Relay For Life events playing host to a Heroes shave off there are many choices for those wishing to participate.

Over the years the shave offs and going “down to the wood” so to speak have evolved into hair dying, leg waxing, beard shaves and pony tail donations. If you would like to donate a pony tail it must be unprocessed hair, clean and must be 8-10 inches in length. The hair is sent to Pantene Beautiful lengths for processing into human hair wigs. We are very lucky to receive donations of these wigs back to our office that are then distributed to cancer patients in this area at no cost.

The following events will be happening this summer;

1.    Friday, August 15 @ Relay for Life, Davidson Centre, Kincardine

2.    Saturday August 23 @ The Relay for Life, Heritage Square, Hanover

3.    Friday, September 12 ~ A 5km Fun Run will take place, leaving 97.7 The Beach in Collingwood at 11am with a shave off in front of Metro starting at noon.

4.    Friday, September 12 @ Relay for Life, Harrison Park, Owen Sound 8 p.m.

To register at an event near you go to

“The growth of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Heroes for Hope campaign in this region is truly remarkable,” says fundraising coordinator Jennifer Wright. Every year we marvel at the courage of our Local Heroes, the children who are our spokespeople, the dedication of our volunteers, the support of our communities and the generosity of the people of this area. It’s shaping up to be a couple of banner months for shaved heads and smiling faces and we can’t wait to get out the clippers for yet another campaign.

All the funds raised by the Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater unit Heroes For Hope campaign are designated to pediatrics (children’s) cancer and to help support families with children with cancer with their transportation costs.

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