Mor­rin man rais­ing funds for can­cer re­search and fam­ily sup­port

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley

Cur­rent Univer­sity of Al­berta stu­dent and Mor­rin lo­cal Low­ell Nel­son will be shav­ing his head clean for can­cer come March 28.

The idea to raise cur­rency for the cure of the in­fa­mous dis­ease has been traced back many years to a pre­vi­ous stu­dent who lived in the same res­i­dence as Nel­son does now.

“I just know a past mem­ber in Farm­house was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer so I think they started rais­ing money to sup­port him,” said Nel­son.

23 par­tic­i­pants will be col­lect­ing money up to and on the March 28 dead­line.

“We are telling ev­ery­body that we are go­ing to be shav­ing our heads just in sup­port of can­cer [re­search], we are not do­nat­ing our hair or any­thing like that,” said Nel­son. “There’s a girl that’s our friend that is also join­ing in and she’s go­ing to ac­tu­ally be cut­ting her hair to make a wig,” added Nel­son. The fundraiser has been dubbed the Farm­house Head­shave. The shav­ing event will hap­pen on the Univer­sity of Al­berta cam­pus in the Agri­cul­ture and Forestry Build­ing.

The group has a goal of $10,000 while Nel­son him­self has a goal of $2,500.

“I think can­cer af­fects a lot of peo­ple’s lives and whether you are the one who has it or some­one you love has it, [this is] money to sup­port peo­ple who are go­ing through it whether that be for re­search or fam­i­lies that need places to stay when they’re com­ing up to see their loved ones in the hospi­tal,” said Nel­son. “For me per­son­ally, I have fam­ily mem­bers and friends that have also had to deal with can­cer and shav­ing my head is a good sym­bol to show that I’m ded­i­cated to rais­ing money and I’m not too vain that I won’t shave my head for can­cer even though my hair is not go­ing to make a wig.”

Nel­son will be vis­it­ing Drumheller on March 23 and 24 week­end to col­lect do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity. The money will be donated to the Al­berta Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Do­na­tions can be sent in any form in­clud­ing cash, e-trans­fer, or through the web­site link at https://al­ber­ta­cancer.ca/farm­house­head­shave.

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Low­ell Nel­son holds his hair up to demon­strate the amount of hair he will be shav­ing on March 28 for can­cer re­search and sup­port. He and his fra­ter­nity have a set goal of $10,000.

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