Monday, September 29, 2014

Shave for the Brave | Before and After Photos | Hair donations

"Would you still love me if I shaved my head on our anniversary?"

My first thought was, "you can't trap me this way!" and that was quickly followed by, "oh, she sent me a link too!"

The link led to 12 year old Sarah's challenge to bring 100 people together to shave or cut their hair to make wigs for children battling cancer.  Even before I'd clicked the link I knew what my answer was but it always helps to have context.

"Duh," I wrote back,  "I'll even shave with you!"

"Now we have anniversary plans :)."

And we did.  And it was a great day.

Wicked Hair Salon ( generously opened their business on Saturday September 27th  - Rod and his team of stylists were on hand to shave, cut and style everyone that walked in.  Rod, himself, even underwent the razor and I think that was a wholly unexpected twist as I heard, quite plainly, "Mom! Mom!  Dad's getting his head shaved!"

This, really, is how things start.  It's the simple spirit of moving past yourself, offering whatever you have to someone who needs it.  Sarah, her family and friends were fantastic and supportive and we had a great morning where twenty people came in to donate their hair for a great cause, and we raised over three thousand dollars.

Cancer is a strange unifier.  It destroys and causes heartbreak but at the same time people like Sarah come and lift spirits, inspire action and cohere disparate groups of people.  Speaking plainly, cancer is a darkness - I loathe it.  But watching an active, caring community beat back that darkness to the corners for kids who need every available light ... it's awesome and I was very proud to help in any way I could.

Huge thanks to Sarah for the idea and work, and to her family for championing that idea.  Thanks to Gerrad, a young man who has battled cancer and found support through YACC and was able to provide insight on the impact of hair and financial donations. Thanks to the team at Wicked, the Georgetown Superstore for snacks and everyone that came out in support.

Don't let it end here!  There is always more to do and a myriad number of ways that YOU can help out.

Young Adult Cancer Canada
Attn:  Shave for the Brave
18 Argyle Street, Suite 201
St. John's, NL
A1A 1V3

Phone: 1-877-571-7325

If you see yourself in these photos and want access to the high res versions (or a version suitable for facebook) just let me know by sending an email or getting in contact through facebook!

Sarah, her mom and Gerrad.
Sarah and Gerrad
Sarah with family before the cut.

Me and my son

The Children of Wicked :)


  1. This was an amazing event and Sarah is such an inspiring girl! Thank you for sharing the story and the beautiful pictures.

    1. You are very welcome! It *was* a great event. Sarah did an awesome job.

  2. Thank you so much for posting your photos and your thoughts on the day! HUGE high fives to Sarah, her family, and everyone who participated on Saturday -- you all made a big difference in the lives of young adults affected by cancer.

    -Angie Barrington, Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC)

    1. You are welcome, Angie. The event was awesome - Sarah and her family did an amazing job organizing and seeing the day through to a successful close!

  3. Great job James! we were very pleased to have you all at Wicked salon, it was great day, Sarah has done an amazing job, she made all of us proud, she sure brought smiles to kids again! thx again everyone for getting us involved !!
    P.S James, get in touch with me for more pictures pleaseeeee lol

    1. Thanks! Everyone did a great job, an awesome day.

      I will send an email to you shortly! :)