CHOK's Sue Storr shaves Constable John Sottosanti's head live on air to kick of the Shave For The Brave Event.

First Responders ‘Head Up’ Paediatric Cancer Campaign

There was a buzz in the air during Thursday morning’s CHOK Breakfast Club with AJ and Sue.

Live on air, a razor-wielding Sue Storr shaved the head of Sarnia Police Constable John Sottosanti to officially kick off the “Shave for the Brave” fundraiser.

Sarnia Fire and Rescue, Lambton EMS and the Canada Border Services Agency have teamed up with the Sarnia Police Service in support of paediatric cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society.

Constable Jordan Laird says about 20 first responders will be getting their heads shaved at Lambton Mall Sunday from 2pm until around 4pm.

He says the event¬†was inspired by the “Love for Lucien” campaign.

“Lucien is a five-year-old boy battling brain cancer — he’s actually a classmate of my son,” says Laird. “I looked into it a bit more and there are 14 other kids between the ages of three months and 19 years of age battling some form of cancer in Sarnia alone. That’s a substantial number, so we wanted to give the community an opportunity to reach out to all of them, show moral and financial support.”

As of Thursday morning, online donations had surpassed $7,000.

A Facebook page has also been set up, encouraging local residents to join in and shave their heads as well.

“We’re hoping people shave down and and show their support,” says Laird.¬†“Take a picture of yourself and post it to the page, you can put in memory of someone, or in support of someone, whatever you want.”

If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.