• Carmen Marie Fabio

Shave2Save event a family affair


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

(Left to right) Gabe Rioux, Ayden Sodo, Liam Campbell, Ethan Sodo, Townsend Nolan, and Emerson Brooks are the youngest participants in this year’s Shave2Save cancer fundraising event being held at the Hudson Fire Station, 529 Main Road, beginning at 11 a.m.

As the Hudson Fire Department’s second annual Shave2Save fund-raising event approaches this Saturday, April 25, the hairdresser chairs may have to be adjusted a tad higher to accommodate some of the newest participants to sign up – six children, most of whom have family ties to the department, will be joining their parents in shearing their locks to raise funds for cancer research. “I’m doing this because people who have cancer often lose their hair (in treatments).

And I have too much hair anyways,” said 10-year-old Gabe Rioux, who heard about the event and contacted the fi re department on his own initiative to take part. “It gets in my eyes and it’s bad for playing hockey. This is a good way to get a free haircut.” Organizer and Hudson firefighter Andrew Dumas said this year’s fundraiser is competing against many others currently underway and, as a result, donations are down compared to last year’s event that raised over $5400, well above the $3000 goal. This year’s goal is $5000 and to date, just over $3000 had been raised.

“I think it’s amazing these kids want to do this,” said Dumas. “As a kid, image is everything.” Nine-year-old Ayden Sodo, son of firefighter Kris Sodo, cited being in solidarity with people enduring chemotherapy induced hair loss for his incentive to take part in the Shave2Save event.

“We’re shaving our heads to kind of be like them.” As of press time, Ayden’s 6-year-old brother Ethan was still on the fence on shaving his head. The only girl in the group of youngsters, 10-year-old Rigaud’s Emerson Brooks will be joining her mom Shannon Lee Devouge in the female minority who are taking part in the event.

“Emerson went door-to-door in her neighbourhood raising money on her own,” said firefighter Brent Nolan of her $240-plus eff orts. Emerson told Your Local Journal she’s participating in memory of her great grandparents, both of whom were afflicted with cancer diagnoses and succumbed to the illness. “I’m going to be happy about being shaved,” she said, “and I won’t care what other people think.”

Liam Campbell, son of former Assistant Chief James Campbell, also has a grandparent close to his heart in making his decision. “I’m doing it for a good cause because my Grandma has cancer,” said the 10-year-old. Rounding out the group is 7-year-old Townsend Nolan joining his dad Brent in Saturday’s event. Local merchants have generously agreed to donate raffle prizes and food for the event including Cunninghams Pub, Centre Décor Hudson, Le Baron Bites, and the Hudson Music Festival band is donating live music. Châtelaine Salon & Esthétique stylists Terri Creagan, Tracy Gledhill and Katie Van Kessel will be donating their headshaving expertise.

Face painting for kids will be available on site. Come help the team meet – or like last year, surpass – their $5000 fundraising goal and have a great time while you’re at it. Fun starts April 25 at 11 a.m., 529 Main Road in Hudson. For more information, contact Andrew Dumas at (514) 513-3722 or to donate, consult convio.cancer.ca/goto/HFD2015.

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