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.
Pictured Above: 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.