Tulameen resident Frankie Reichert bravely shaved off her long brown hair to raise more than $5,000 for Canadian cancer programs.
“I was very nervous but excited,” said the 18-year-old, who’s grandmother fought cancer last year.
Participants from Princeton joined Reichert in her campaign, raising $6,585 total before they went bald before a crowd at Princeton Secondary School’s gym.
The five brave people each took a turn having their locks cut off and their heads completely shaved.
“Shaving my head was the best way to get the most money,” Reichert said.
She was emotional to see all her hair gone, but happy she went through with it.
Businesses and people in Princeton and Tulameen were very supportive of her efforts, which helped her raise so much money, she said.
The money raised with go towards programs for young adults in Canada who are fighting cancer through the “Shave for the Brave” campaign.
“We’re here to help Frankie,” said participant Marena White.
Both White and Denise Duguay decided to bare their heads after hearing about the campaign in Princeton.
“We had only just met Frankie, but we wanted to be part of the fight against cancer,” Duguay said.
In addition to taking pledges, Reichert donated her hair to make wigs for people who have lost their hair due to cancer.
Elementary school student Hanna Gould also donated her locks.