Clearwater girl collects $5,000 for cancer

Nicole Madden pledged that if people would donate $5,000 to the cancer society in her name by Oct. 2, she would shave her head

Nicole Madden gets support from her friends after getting her shoulder length hair cut off to raise more than $5

Nicole Madden gets support from her friends after getting her shoulder length hair cut off to raise more than $5

Nicole Madden pledged that if people would donate $5,000 to the cancer society in her name by Oct. 2, she would shave her head and donate her hair for wigs for cancer patients.  Sunday after “The Run for the Cure” she was delighted to make good on that promise.

Madden is a Grade 7 student at Raft River Elementary School.  She formed this plan after participating in the “Relay for Life” in June.  Friends and family members donated most of the money towards the goal.  She hosted a booth at the Canada Day event in Clearwater, which raised about $310. Some of the donations came from other sources.  She is very appreciative of all who donated to the Cancer Society.

“Although this seems aimed towards breast cancer, I realize that any cancer research has the opportunity to benefit all cancer patients and their potential for treatment and cures. I have many friends and family members who have fought cancer, some who have lost, so this is very important to me. It makes me sad, and I want to see smiles!” she said.

For now, she walks around the school wearing a dark knitted cap. Her friends think the whole thing is pretty good.  Some of them are even inspired enough to consider following her lead.

Nicole’s shoulder length wavy hair will be donated to “Locks of Love,” which makes wigs for cancer patients. This is the third time she has done this.  She has been participating in the “Run for the Cure” since she was five years old. Her family is very proud of this remarkable young lady and is grateful to all those who support cancer research.

A visit to the CIBC Run for the Cure website is well worthwhile.  Nicole’s personal page is still active.  People can contribute to her name or can make a general contribution.

– Grant Gale