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Miss Canada a cut above

Provided by: Sun Media
Written by: DOUG MCINTYRE
Mar. 31, 2007

Cuts locks for cancer

You might wonder what could possibly convince a former Miss Canada to cut off 52-plus cm of flowing dark hair for a shaved dome.

A good cause is reason enough for 1992 Miss Canada Nicole Dunsdon, after going under the shears to raise funds for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

"I'm normally kind of a short-bob sort of girl anyway," laughed Dunsdon, 36, one of 16 people who shed their locks on behalf of the KCCFA at Elbow Park school.

The school, located at 721 38 Ave. S.W., raised $44,000 for the cause, with 12 students and four parents also sitting in the barber's chair.

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Event co-ordinator Sara Foster said the money will help the foundation send families to camps and assist in research efforts dedicated to tackling childhood cancer.

"This amount of money will do absolute wonders for the kids, and also for their siblings and their parents," she said.

For Dunsdon, the cause has a personal ring to it, considering she was mistakenly diagnosed with a potentially cancerous tumour as a child.

"I don't think anyone spends time thinking about a potential battle with cancer and is left unchanged by it," she said.

Dunsdon's resolve to battle cancer was only resolved by the time she turned 12, when she watched her grandmother lose her hair, her breast, and ultimately her life, to the disease.

"Rather than asking a hair donor, 'Why would you?', the question really is 'Why wouldn't you?' " said Dunsdon

Her hair-shaving effort raised about $10,000 for the KCCFA.

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