Chopping Hair to Combat Cancer

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:10 a.m. March 26, 2014

For a fourth straight year, Staff Sergeant Joni Sousa-Guthrie is donating her hair to cancer patients.

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Constable Sinderela Chung and Staff Sergeant Joni Sousa-Guthrie show off the locks their losing to donate to cancer patients

She’s cutting off 10 inches that will be used to make wigs for women with cancer.

"Because of the physical and emotional trauma caused by cancer, many women isolate themselves from family and friends and often lose sight of their inner beauty,” said Sousa-Guthrie. “The loss of hair can be very traumatic. Hair donations allow women facing enormous life-altering challenges to regain a positive self-image.”

The veteran officer, who has been with the Service since 1990, has been touched by cancer.

Her mother is a cancer survivor and her late grandmother – who had the disease – suffered hair loss that forced her to use wigs.

The loss of hair can be very traumatic. Hair donations allow women facing enormous life-altering challenges to regain a positive self-image.

This year, Sousa-Guthrie will not be the only member from the  Employment Unit who will be donating hair.

Constable Sinderela Chung is making an eight-inch donation.

“In the past, I made cash donations to cancer causes,” she said. “It’s a cause that’s close to my heart because I have family members who suffer from the disease.”

They will cut their hair at the annual Cops for Cancer fundraiser on April 12 at Yorkdale Mall. Dozens more officers will be cutting their hair and shaving their heads at the event.

Sousa has raised over $1,000, so far, for her small sacrifice to the fight against cancer.

Started in Edmonton in 1994, Cops for Cancer is a national program raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society to fund research and support patients. 

Last year, nearly 60 officers took part in the fundraiser.

Interested Service members can get involved by contacting Staff Sergeant Chris Boddy at chris.boddy@torontopolice.on.ca

Cops For Cancer Toronto Fundraising Web Page

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