Comox Valley girl fundraising to fight cancer

She's losing her locks for the second time in just four years, but Braxtyn Paulhus is looking forward to what she can gain.

  • Sep. 9, 2013 2:00 p.m.

She’s losing her locks for the second time in just four years, but Braxtyn Paulhus is looking forward to what she can gain.

Paulhus, 12, a student at Queneesh Elementary School is fundraising for a month in hopes of raising $1,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

In addition to the money raised, she is planning on cutting and donating her hair to West Coast Wigs, a company in North Vancouver who specializes in creating wigs for cancer and alopecia clients.

“I’ve had family affected by cancer — it’s close to home,” explained Paulhus, who added her vice-principal has been battling lung cancer.

“Four years ago, I wanted to raise $1,000 and said I would shave my head bald. I was just short of that, so I got a pixie cut,” she added.

This time around, Paulhus is hoping to surpass her goal, and admits she is “kind of excited” about the dramatic change but isn’t scared.

A stylist from La Belle Amie on Military Row is donating their time to cut Paulhus’ hair on Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

She noted the first time she held the fundraiser, she was living in Cold Lake, AB, and hopes the Comox Valley might be able to help her surpass her goal, particularly with other fundraising events such as Tour de Rock and the Terry Fox Run happening in September.

She hopes all of the events together will help raise awareness for the need to support cancer-related fundraisers.

To donate to Paulhus’ fundraiser, visit her personal page at


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