SCUGOG: On Sept. 17, young Port Perry resident Amy LeFort entered the Scugog Arena with 17.5 inches of hair.
Joined by family and friends on her birthday, she left the building that evening with a vastly different hairstyle, all for a good cause.
The RH Cornish PS student celebrated her 10th birthday this month with a head-shave for young cancer patients. Dubbed ‘Shaving Amy,’ the event was the official kick-off to the local youth’s fundraising initiatives for cancer. Her hair is going to the Angel Hair For Kids organization, which uses donations of hair to fashion wigs for young cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
According to Amy, it all started with a dream earlier this year.
"I had a dream that I shaved my head for kids with no hair," she recalled. "I woke up and thought that this is something that I should do."
Opting for a complete shave and not just a trim (many charities often accept donations of 10 inches or more), Amy said that the prospect of going without hair in the fall doesn’t bother her.
"I’m not nervous at all about it," she told The Standard prior to the shave.
Although the haircut has come and gone, Amy is collecting donations for cancer research until Dec. 31 through her web site at www.shavingamy.ca. Although she had initially set a fundraising goal of $500, that total was met weeks before the Sept. 17 event between two separate $250 donations. As of Sept. 18, she had raised more than $1,600.
Amy also has a Facebook page set up and a Twitter feed at @ShavingAmy.