9-year-old boy grows hair out for two years for cancer fundraiser

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Vancouver resident Felix Douglas did not think twice when his mother Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.  Many Canadians have been affected by cancer, but perhaps only a handful are brave enough to take an enduring stand to show their support.

“When she lost her hair to chemo I shaved my head too so she wouldn’t feel alone,” said Douglas, who is now nine years old.

After shaving his hair the first time, he realized that he could raise money for cancer research if he grew it out and donated it to Wigs for Kids. It can take up to 12 ponytails to make a wig.

“So many kids don’t get a wig made so Felix wanted his hair to be donated to Wigs For Kids because it’s so expensive,” said Felix’s big sister Kathleen Reid. “It brought the whole family together as well as the community so it’s kind of nice to see the ripple effect.”

After two years of growth, his locks are finally long enough to snip off. On Wednesday, June 24, he will be cutting off all of his hair to help raise money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

Human hair is not covered under MSP and the average wig can costs anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.

“I want to help end cancer, so other kids don’t have to see their own mums be sick,” said Felix.

Photos of tomorrow’s fundraiser will be posted on both Douglas and Reid’s Instagram accounts.

If you would like to support Douglas’ efforts, you can donate to the cause at his B.C. Cancer Foundation webpage. At the time of publication, the campaign has already exceeded its $5,000 goal by $400 dollars.

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