Last season, Huskie athletes began the initiative Play For A Cure in hopes of raising money for cancer research. The fundraising initiative continues with the newly added goal of raising awareness through education about cancer. Play For A Cure will once again begin with the football head shave. Money raised will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
“We started this last year because we felt it was an issue that everyone can relate to,’ said Tyler O’Gorman, who is now sporting a full head of hair. “Everyone has a family member or friend who has succumb to cancer. As a team, we want to raise awareness and money to help end cancer.”
About fifteen Huskies football players are participating this year, including O’Gorman, Scott McHenry, Cory Jones, Mitch Friesen, Ben Coakwell, Levi Steinhauer, Cody Halseth, Seamus Neary, Peter Thiel, Taylor Wallace, Lyndon Boychuk, Mark Klause, Braeden George, Jarod Koroll, Hubert Buydens, Ben Randall, Bryce McCall, Harley Irwin, Nnamdi Metu, Tony Michalchuk and football student trainer Kurt Kuhn.
The student-athletes involved in this campaign are all growing their hair to raise awareness. At the end of the season, they will have their hair shaved.
“I lost my grandfather to cancer and have an aunt with breast cancer,’ said Scott McHenry, whose helmet can barely fit over his hair now. “I have been personally affected by cancer and want to do what I can for a cause that affects so many people.”
You can make a donation online here.