Jaclyn Tatay

‘Simple acts’ to cut cancer out

South Surrey teen raises funds, donates hair to make wigs for patients

A South Surrey teen is hoping to lead by example after donating 10 inches of her hair – and raising funds – to help cancer victims.

While Jaclyn Tatay, 17, had been thinking about donating her hair for some time, following a series of events – including the breast cancer diagnosis of her best friend’s mother and a cancer scare involving her own mother – the Earl Marriott Secondary grad decided there was no point in waiting any longer.

On June 27, Tatay went and sheared off 10 inches of her hair in order to ensure there would be enough to make a wig for those who have lost hair as a result of chemotherapy.

“With my mom’s recent cancer scare, it got real to me and I realized what it is like for other families. So I just thought if there was any way for me to help, I might as well do it,” she said.

With the cut, Tatay said she is hoping to show people that even a small effort can make a big impact and are encouraged to do something themselves to aid in the fight against cancer.

“I’m hoping that everyone gets a new perspective and see that if they do one small thing, like donate or cut their hair, that it really does help,” she said.

Along with the hair cut, Tatay set up a donation page with the BC Cancer Foundation, sharing her personal experience with cancer, including the loss of three grandparents to the deadly disease.

The page was created with an initial goal of $500, but after sharing the page on Facebook and with friends and family, Tatay reached that amount in one day, prompting her to increase the donation page’s goal to $2,000.

“At first I had thought $500 would be really hard to get to, but then on the first day, we beat that and I was amazed by that. So I decided I might as well raise the bar as high as I can and see if anybody would respond to that,” she said. “When I first thought about doing it, I didn’t really think it would be that big of a deal. But it’s cool when people come up to me and say thank you. I don’t really feel like I’ve done much but I guess it’s a little help at least.

“I love that people come up to me and are able to talk to me about it now.”

The page has raised just over $1,300, with Tatay still rallying for more donations.

For information, or to donate, visit www.bccancerfoundation.com

 

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