Friday, July 3, 2015

Canyon School teacher and students earn over $5,500 for cancer causes

Regan Kuzyk, Lisa Stuckey, Rubie Lou, Courtney Cann, Shawn Hammond, Jayce Draper
Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Canyon School Teacher Courtney Cann was inspired by Calgarian Jocelyn Ogrin,  who passed away last year after a battle with cancer, to create a ripple effect that took Canyon School on a wave of hair cuts.  Cann decided to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation before cutting her hair and donating it to Angel Hair for Kids, "a program of A Child’s Voice Foundation that provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children in Canada who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment".  Canyon School's students took up the cause and sold tickets to win a chance to cut Cann's hair, which was divided into sections for the event.

Students Jayce Draper, Shawn Hammond, Rubie Lou, and Regan Kuzyk took up the challenge themselves, and raised money to have their hair cut at the same time.  Jayce, the youngest of the five, raised a whooping $1,001.50.  All the money raised went to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.  The final total raised by the teachers, students, and the community as a whole was over $5,500.  That is how a ripple turns into a wave of support.

Mayz Vance takes a turn cutting Courtney Cann's hair
The hair clipping event started after the Canyon School talent show (story to follow).  The children's hair was cut by Lisa Stuckey of Providence Salon and Spa.  The action was simultaneous and the cheers were long and sustained throughout the event.  The student body cheered, clapped hooted and hollered as the boys' hair hit the floor. Applause flooded the room as the girls went through a 'shear' delight. Students pulled winning tickets out of the draw barrel for the chance to cut one of the 15 sections of pre-ponytailed waist-length hair on Cann.  One person would come forth to trim a section, then the next winner was drawn.

Lisa Stuckey and Regan Kuzyk
Regan also had hair long enough to donate.  Hers went to Locks of Love, "a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis".

Rubie Lou and Courtney Cann
Lisa Stuckey and Courtney Cann
Shawn Hammond and Jayce Draper
Rubie Lou
The kids and Cann were happy with their hair cuts.   Rubie said she did not have any regrets.  Cann smiled throughout the entire event, and Shawn (who also sported a very short haircut last summer) reminded his cohorts to 'wear sunscreen!"  Regan decided to model a mohawk, and Jayce decided to lose what little length he still retained.  He went home to shave his head after the event.

Jayce Draper's thank you video

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