On June 10, 2017, Miramichi hosted the annual Relay for Life ceremony at the James M. Hill Memorial High School track. Funds raised through Relay for Life are invested in cancer research and support programs for people living with cancer in New Brunswick.
The evening included a Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation ceremony. Participants included children, teenagers, and adults. This year, the hair donation ceremony included its first male donor. Hair donations received are used to make wigs for cancer patients. Wigs are distributed at 10 locations throughout New Brunswick, including the Miramichi Regional Hospital.
One of the youngest donors, Molly, described her first experience donating her hair:
“I have been going to the Relay for Life since I was very little to walk with my Nanny because she had cancer. One year, my Auntie Gail cut her hair at the Relay for Life and I thought it was so cool of her to do that, Even though I was trying to grow my hair out like Rapunzel, I knew I wanted to do it to help other people with cancer so they could have hair too. I am very happy I did it and I can’t wait to do it again this year.”
Should you wish to participate in the 2018 hair donation ceremony, you need to have at least 8 inches of chemically untreated hair that you are willing to donate. Please contact Tracy Haining at 625-0112 or Rhonda Ripley at 210-3272 if you or your child would like to participate in the 2018 Relay for Life hair donation ceremony.
Pictured below are Molly Hartery-Taylor and Craig Fernandez donating their hair at the ceremony.