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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Local Businessman Donates Hair For Wigs For Cancer

Back row from left, Donnie Yarmuch, Steve West, Peter De Jong (missing from the photo Suzanne De Jong) and Robert Farkash. Front row, Kirby Whitlock after having his hair cut holding the very generous donations made by his friends in the back row for cutting his hair.

In a heartwarming display of community spirit and compassion, local businessman Kirby Whitlock has once again stepped up to make a meaningful contribution to the fight against cancer. Known for his dedication to community involvement, Whitlock recently marked a remarkable feat – growing his hair for 17 months, all in the name of charity.

This isn’t the first time Whitlock has embarked on this journey. His initial endeavour to grow his hair and subsequently donate it to help cancer patients have wigs during their treatment occurred during the challenging days of the pandemic.

“The first time I grew my hair for wigs for cancer was during the pandemic, mainly because you couldn’t get a haircut anywhere. This time I decided to grow it out and donate it again to wigs for cancer,” he explained.

Kirby Whitlock’s long hair before having it cut for wigs for cancer patients. Photos submitted

Whitlock’s decision to participate in this noble cause was deeply rooted in his personal experiences. He has witnessed the impact of cancer in his own family, making the cause all the more significant to him. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Whitlock demonstrated unwavering commitment to his cause when five generous friends offered to pay him for cutting his hair.

“They said if you cut your hair, we will pay you to do it, and it was a no-brainer to go along with it. The guys were very generous, and with the money they donated, I can now give back to the school community,” shared Whitlock with a smile.

In an act of generosity, Whitlock will be donating the $800 he received to the Vermilion Elementary School Hot Lunch program. Explaining his choice, he shared, “I chose the VES Hot Lunch Program to donate the money to because it is a program that my Mom was very passionate about.”

Ensuring that his contribution reaches its intended destination, Brianna Myshak from Studio on Main meticulously cut Kirby’s nine-inch locks, which will soon be sent to the appropriate individuals responsible for crafting wigs for cancer patients in need.

Whitlock’s selflessness and commitment to the well-being of his community and his actions serve as a powerful reminder of the incredible impact individuals can make when they come together to support meaningful causes.

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