Surrounded by friends, co-workers and her husband, Mary Ellen Willis saved her head for the third year in a row.
Showing her support for those battling cancer, those who have survived cancer and those who have been touched by cancer, Willis let the clippers do what they do best and said good-bye to her lovely locks for another year.
“A lot of people don’t have a choice when it comes to loosing their hair when it comes to cancer – I do and I am doing this for all those people who are survivors or have been touched by cancer in one way or another,” Willis told the Times-Herald Sunday.
Although Willis does raise a little money for the cause through this event, she said it is more about awareness, support and prevention.
Lil Crotenko, a resident at the Bentley Retirement Community, the location of this year’s cut, said she was honoured to be a part of Willis’s event.
“I think this is just a wonderful thing she is doing and I am so glad to be able to be here. By doing this (Willis) is not only bringing awareness to breast cancer, but all cancers and her message could save lives.”
Before taking the plunge and shaving off all of her hair, Willis invited Bentley residents to get involved and cut off a chunk of her hair for themselves.
She said although the main goal is to promote awareness, it is also to have a little fun and by the smiles, giggles and cheers that were circulating the room Sunday afternoon, Willis said she feels she accomplished her goals.
Following Willis’s shave, Glenn Goby, a resident and 22-year cancer survivor, was so moved by what Willis was doing, he wanted to get involved and grab a cut as well.
“I just think it is a good thing she is doing and besides I needed a hair cut anyways.”
Willis said one of the reasons she chose to do her cut at the Bentley is because she knows many of the people there are survivors, have lost loved ones and/or have been touched by cancer in some way.
“This is such a small gesture compared to what some people have to go through but it is something I can do and will continue to do.”
Along with the cut, Willis had also set up an information table, organized prizes and encouraged residents to show support by wearing pink.