Two young North Vancouver boys are donating their long blond locks so that kids who have cancer can wear wigs if they’ve lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illness.
Ryan, eight, and Aidan, 11, will cut their hair next week and donate it to Wigs for Kids, a program run by the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Ryan has never cut his hair but recently started saying he was tired of being called a girl, so his mother, Camille Reid, suggested he grow it a bit longer and donate it to make into a wig for sick children.
The brothers will get their hair cut on Sept. 18, and the next day, their school, Brooksbank Elementary, will hold its Terry Fox assembly where the brothers, with their newly shorn heads, will be featured.
Reid said her younger son Ryan has never had short hair, and her older son, Aidan, has been growing his hair since he was seven and plans to grow it back after getting it cut. It will be “very strange” to see them with short hair, she added.
Wigs are valuable items and 150 of them earmarked for cancer patients at BC Children’s Hospital were recently stolen from a salon on Broadway in Vancouver. Around 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning (Sept. 7), someone broke into Eva and Company Wigs at 950 W. Broadway and stole the wigs valued at $2,500 each.
Ryan and Aidan have a donation page which had recorded $860 in donations by Wednesday – their fundraising goal is $1,000.
Donations to Wigs for Kids BC also help families pay for things not covered by medical plans, like medication and feeding supplies.
To read more about Ryan and Aidan’s fundraiser efforts, click here.
Police look for suspect
Vancouver police described the man suspected of taking the 150 wigs from Eva and Company Wigs as dark-skinned with long, curly black hair. Anyone with information should contact the VPD at 604-717-0610 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.