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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Nov. 21)
Orléans teen shaves her head for childhood cancer
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

A wide-eyed Gillian Walsh gets her head shaved last Friday as the culmination of her effort to raise more than $3,900 for Childhood Cancer Canada. Photo supplied

Gillian Walsh recently underwent a dramatic makeover in the name of supporting a wonderful cause.

The 15-year-old, Grade 10 student had her head shaved last Friday in a show of support for her best friend’s mother who was recently diagnosed with her third cancer, and in the process managed to raise nearly $4,000 for the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation.

“When I found out my best friend’s mother was diagnosed with cancer again, I really wanted to do something and that’s when I came up with the idea to shave my head and raise money,” says Walsh, who was supposed to have the deed done in front of the entire student body at École secondaire catholique Mer Bleue.

But as fate would have it Ottawa got it’s first heavy snowfall overnight and Friday was declared a snow day, forcing Walsh to come up with a Plan B.

Determined to stick to her commitment, she got her mother’s hairdresser to cut her long hair and shave what was left while more than 300 people watched via live streaming on Instagram.

As of Sunday night, Walsh had raised over $3,900. Her original goal was $3,000.

According to her mother, Jennifer Coté, Gillian is no stranger to supporting worthy causes and helping others. This past summer she signed up for a youth volunteer mission to Ecuador with the group Me to We. She raised the necessary funds for the trip entirely on her own by tutoring younger students and babysitting.

While in Ecuador she participated in two different school builds, one in the Amazon rainforest and one in the Andes mountains, and was educated on global issues, the environment and cultural differences.

Walsh is currently planning to make a second trip with the group to Tanzania ext summer.

Donations to Childhood Cancer Canada can still be made by visiting www.child hoodcancer.ca/donate.

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