Fundraising For Cancer — Man Down
My Dad worked for the Canadian Wildlife Service when I was younger. With his job, he travelled all over Canada, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut tracking the migratory path of birds. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002, he founded the Prostate Support Group, which is now called Prostate Edmonton Peer Support. Over the years, he was also heavily involved with the Motorcycle Ride for Dad. On June 25, 2018, my Dad passed away after a lengthy battle with Prostate Cancer. The last couple of years were quite painful since cancer metastasized, spreading to the perianal lining in the stomach, bone marrow, and lymph nodes.
So, being at Hair Massacure again for 2019 was even more important. Our team name for Hair Massacure is Team Afi (pronounced Avi ) 2019. Afi is Icelandic for Grandpa.
One of the ladies at Calvin’s work was very instrumental in our fundraising. She attached the link to their emails inspiring people to donate so that they could see Calvin with Pink hair. His goal was $1200 before he would go pink. Thanks to her efforts we all had pink hair before the event.
The girls and I had a table set up at Save-On-Foods and asked for donations in any amount. I work for Save-On-Foods, so I know quite a few of the customers who took time to donate and some of the staff. There are far too many people that I know who have cancer or know a friend or family member.
Hair Massacure’s cheer team is exceptional and makes everyone who is shaving their heads comfortable. We were even featured on a couple of TV Stations.
Lasts year’s fundraising goal was $1200.00. This year we surpassed it by over $1000.00. Our Team goal was $2500.00, and we ended with $2550.00 in total. I know my Dad would be proud of us.
We will be back next year for Hair Massacure and plan on beating what we raised this year. We could participate in the Hair Massacure on February 21, 2020, before everything shut down because of COVID-19.
It hurts me to say this, but my Dad was a hoarder. Mom married into this, and I don’t think she realized how bad it was. Over time it has rubbed off on her as well.
What a chore cleaning out their house is since my Dad didn’t throw anything out. In the process, we had found an Apple IIe, other computers, printers, monitors, cameras, books, blank paper (two cases of 5000 sheets), receipts as far back as 1965 before I was born, 3" disk, 5 “ floppy, cd’s (some duplicates), unopened packages, new bankers boxes, accordion folders (at least 8 original), flashlights, go-pros, tripods, camera bags, backpacks, bags, plastic bags, empty boxes, empty cd cases, empty ink cartridges, fax machines, fax machine ink, cases for the 3” and 5" disks (some full and some empty), old shoes, old coats, old clothes, hubcaps and other items he found when he was out delivering newspapers, batteries, cd cases, plastic bins, binders, computer cables, blank CD and Blu Ray disks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, dead appliances, paper clips (all types), tools, broken tools, duplicates, 8 wooden shoe shelves unopened.
I am sorting bankers’ boxes full of route lists from when Dad delivered the newspaper from the years 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. I have two more boxes to go through, and I have completed two. Previous to that, I sorted a banker’s box full of CDs. We made a small dent but only in one section of the basement. Their house is 1600 sq ft.
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