Sarah Stoski, 30, shaved her head last Saturday for six-year-old Lola Audet of Black Creek.
She raised money for the family and donated her hair to a program that makes wigs for young cancer patients.
She didn’t quite reach her fundraising goal, but Stoski went ahead and kept up her end of the bargain regardless.
“My original goal was to reach $3,000, but after a few people had given me $100 each to see me with no hair, I decided to go for it anyways, hoping more donations might still come in,” said Stoski.
Audet had come home from her first day of school back in September and felt tired. Within 24 hours, she was admitted to Vancouver Children’s Hospital.
Stoski’s brother is best friends with Audet’s dad, and when the family heard the devastating news that Audet had been diagnosed with leukemia, they knew immediately that they wanted to do something to help. By shaving her head, the intention was to make a difficult situation a little easier to bear.
The two families will not be spending Christmas together because Audet is waiting to find out if she has to stay in the hospital over the holidays. She is in the middle of her chemotherapy sessions, so doctors are unsure if she is healthy enough.
“Her treatments leave her with no immune system, so visiting my kids and sometimes even her own sister is not possible,” said Stoski.
Stoski was initially planning on only cutting her hair, but after a dare from her brother, she decided to shave it to raise more awareness. With all the support from around the Island, she knows she has made a good decision.
As of Tuesday morning, the total was at $1,500 but Stoski is still accepting donations and says that if anyone would like to contribute, they can do so by contacting her through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.