Local student organizes cancer fundraiser, donates hair in memory of friend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The AMA Sportsmen’s Association was buzzing Saturday with hair cuts, food and music all to aid the fight against cancer.

It was also a chance to remember Carol Fryer, a local hairstylist who used to organize a similar fundraiser before she lost her battle with the disease.

Cassie Major holds up four of the ponytails she had snipped off during a fundraiser that Major herself organized at the AMA Sportsmen Association Oct. 14.

“Carol Fryer used to organize Wigs for Kids in Amherstburg,” explained Major. “She used to cut my hair when she did it. We’re continuing to do it in her memory. I was going to cut my hair this year anyway.”

The ponytails that were cut off were donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, with the goal of turning the hair into wigs to assist those who lost their hair due to cancer treatments. They teamed with local salon I Dare Your Hair and they ended up with over 90 ponytails.

The youngest person to get her hair cut was five-year-old Charlotte Hill, a friend of Major’s.

Doing the cutting at Saturday evening’s event were Jen Moceri and Brooke White from Ritual Salon in LaSalle.

Charlott Hill smiles as she looks at the hair she is donating. Doing the cutting is Brooke White.

The event picked up two corporate sponsors, with Major pointing out that Hawk Plastics and Domino’s Canada each donated $500. A 50/50 draw and toonie toss also raised funds to support seven-year-old Amherstburg Public School student Brock Hasson, who has been battling a form of cancer known as Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).

“We came in with $5,268.73 for the cancer society and $726.95 for Brock Hasson of Amherstburg,” Major told the RTT.

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