Toronto Police Shave Heads In Support Of Cancer Awareness

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Cops shave heads and raise money to benefit Canadian Cancer Service. Source: Toronto Police Service

Cops shave heads and raise money to benefit Canadian Cancer Service.
Source: Toronto Police Service

Toronto Police Service officers have shaved their heads for a good cause, raising money and awareness of cancer. It was the 20th annual Cops for Cancer Toronto fundraiser at the Yorkdale Mall on April 16. Officers pledge to raise money and do so by telling their donors they will be shaving their heads for the money.

“My uncle succumbed to cancer last year, and I lost a good friend to the disease the year before,” Constable Errol De Abreu said in a news release by the TPS. “But, even before they lost their battles, I knew of the seriousness of cancer and I made a commitment to cut my hair yearly when I became a police officer. I have done that every year since I am on this job.”

The disease touches many lives and Detective Rob Barnett knows firsthand. Police say three years ago his young son Matyas was diagnosed with liver cancer.

“He was just a year old and endured nine months of chemotherapy, testing and surgery before he was cleared,” said Barnett, a 33 Division officer.

“Eight months later, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and he had to do more surgeries and chemotherapy. He has been cancer-free for the last 12 months.”

Barnett raised the most money this year with almost $3,000, and he and his son shaved their heads. He also cut his beard that he had been growing for six weeks.

“This is the least I can do to support such a worthy cause,” added Barnett. “While dealing with my son’s illness, I received great support from top to bottom at Toronto Police and I will be forever grateful for that.”

Cops shave heads and raise money to benefit Canadian Cancer Service. Source: Toronto Police Service

Cops shave heads and raise money to benefit Canadian Cancer Service.
Source: Toronto Police Service

Cops for Cancer is a national program raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society to fund research and support patients. Cops raised a total of $60,000 this year. Patricia North the chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Ontario division thanked Toronto Police for their overwhelming support. She said the money raised will go towards cancer research funding and support programs for individuals living with cancer.

Cops shave heads and raise money to benefit Canadian Cancer Service. Source: Toronto Police Service

Cops shave heads and raise money to benefit Canadian Cancer Service.
Source: Toronto Police Service

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