Youth shaves head, raises funds for cancer research

“I just like to help people.” Sam Evans

Sam Evans gets his head shaved April 23 after raising $1

Sam Evans gets his head shaved April 23 after raising $1

Since last August, a 10-year-old Ponoka boy has been growing his hair in an effort to raise funds for cancer research and his hard work paid off with $1,625 raised.

Young philanthropist Sam Evans has been campaigning for money to go to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and he asked friends and family for pledges. To show his resolve, Evans shaved his head April 23 at Andy’s Barbershop.

“I just like to help people,” said Evans.

Having long hair was not easy as Evans said he did not like it, but he felt the small discomfort was worth it for the cause.

Support for Evans has been strong. Those who pledged became quite involved and one person offered Evans $25 and another $125 for his father, Brent to shave his head.

Despite not being able to convince his father, Evans’ effort made both of his parents proud.

“I’m very proud of him because he did this all of his own accord,” said his mother, Julie.

“How can you be more proud?” Brent added.

This is Evan’s second fundraising project. When he was seven, he set up a lemonade stand to end up raising  $754 for a charity, said Mrs Evans. His hard work earned him a free head shave and a $20 donation from the barbershop’s owner, Andy Hamdon.

Now all Evans has to do is adjust his lacrosse helmet to fit over his newly shaved head.