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Steveston hosting Wigs for Kids fundraisers Jan. 25

By Don Fennell

Published 10:34 PST, Wed January 22, 2020

A pair of Steveston businesses are stepping up to support Wigs for Kids.

On Saturday (Jan. 25), the Steveston Seafood House will be hosting a special brunch and dinner, while across the street, at Collective Beauty Studio, stylists will be donating their time to cut hair and provide gel nails. Proceeds will go to the Wigs for Kids program which operates out of BC Children’s Hospital.

“We provide free wigs to any child in BC who has lost their hair to cancer or other illnesses,” explains program chairperson Bev Friesen. “We also help families financially with the costs of feeding supplies, and certain cancer medications not covered by MSP.”

Friesen says the fundraisers come at a great time “as we have just committed $45,000 to BC Children’s Hospital’s new driving program where volunteers drive the child and parents to the hospital for treatment and home again when a vehicle is unavailable to them. We are thrilled that they no longer will have to take transit after treatments like chemotherapy.” 

One of the people getting his hair cut is Sean Nolan. His family are longtime Richmondites.

Currently a firefighter in North Vancouver, Nolan has been growing his hair to donate to Wigs for Kids and raise money for the program. His sister Audrey was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three, and her battle with cancer last four years until she passed away at the age of seven. Nolan said during the period Audrey lost her hair more than once and spent a lot of time at BC Children’s Hospital.

“To experience the diagnosis of cancer in a child is an extremely heavy challenge for any family to face,” he said. “What is not very well known is the added financial burden associated with cancer treatment. I’m doing this to help reduce the financial stress of the family so others don’t have to go through what Audrey went through, so children can have access to quality wigs, so they can be kids, and so they and their family can have one less worry throughout treatment. I hope to not only raise money for this cause but, even more importantly, I want to raise awareness.”

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