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Students and staff raise money to support battle for cancer

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By Evan McClure, Writer

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During all lunches today, students have the option to shave their head for cancer.

Donations have been accepted for Relay for Life during all lunches throughout the week.

“It started Monday with collecting money during lunches, then Friday during lunches people can contribute by cutting their hair,” teacher Robin Lakey said, “or they can shave their head in order to support people who are losing their hair because of cancer.”

Teacher Robin Lakey donated to Locks of Love last year during this event.

“I donated my hair last year – about 12 inches worth,” Lakey said. “At first, cutting my hair was very shocking and it made me feel kind of strange because my hair’s the thing that people compliment me the most on, so I felt kind of weird about it, but I just kept reminding myself that it was for a good cause.”

Around 20 students participate in either cutting their hair or shaving their heads each year, including junior Nolan Audette.

“I shaved my head because it was something that was for the right cause and I thought it was something that could make an impact on the general population of the school for people who knew me,” Audette said.

Boyd will be supporting Relay for Life and Locks of Love with the money raised from this event.

“Each year we usually raise somewhere between $1,000 and $1,500 to donate,” Lakey said. “What they do is help families who are having to go and stay near hospitals if their family member is getting treatment for cancer, they help the cancer patient if they need help paying for anything like medical bills, and fund cancer research to try and find the cure.”

Senior Alex Gawlik had her head shaved during this event two years ago after being inspired by a video shown to her by her English teacher.

“I thought it was a really good experience,” Gawlik said. “It definitely changed me as a person. I thought it went to a good cause and wouldn’t impact my life too much, so it was cool.”

Audette is among the people in the school who have had family or friends diagnosed with cancer.

“I had a close friend who was diagnosed with cancer during freshman year and he had to drop out of school for it,” Audette said. “ Ironically, I got my head shaved two days before he told everyone at school that he had cancer. I’m glad that I did it. I think that at least I did it for a good cause.”

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