8:30 a.m., Nov. 21)
teen shaves her head for childhood cancer
By Fred Sherwin
Walsh recently underwent a dramatic makeover in the name
of supporting a wonderful cause.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
of Sunday night, Walsh had raised over $3,900. Her original
goal was $3,000.
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.
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
is currently planning to make a second trip with the group
to Tanzania ext summer.
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