MEDIA ADVISORY: Liberal MP "buzzing" over young adults with cancer

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St. John’s, NL – Liberal MP for St. John’s East Nick Whalen will “get his head into it” when he Shaves for the Brave in support of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) on Friday.

Whalen first hinted at signing up back in December with a simple tweet asking if Geoff Eaton, YACC’s executive director, could help him with a haircut. His typically closely-cropped curls have grown out of control since then, and Whalen sees this as the perfect time to get the ball rolling with the first of two Shaves he has planned this spring.

“I am ready to get the most powerful haircut of my life! Shave for the Brave has become a staple on the charitable calendar over the last decade, and it’s time for me to get involved,” he said. “An estimated 8,300 Canadians in their late teens, 20s, and 30s are diagnosed with cancer each year, while another fifty to one-hundred-thousand live with, through, and beyond the disease. When you donate to my Shave, you are funding support-based local, national, and digital programs which empower young adults as they get their lives on track after cancer.”

Whalen will earn a bright-yellow Shave for the Brave toque that will get some attention as he sports it over the next few months while continuing to promote a second Shave in May.

In addition to being a big, bald grand gesture to show his support for young adults dealing with cancer, Whalen’s Shave will serve as a sort of kick off for the 2017 “Shave Season” which will soon take over the Metro region for the 12th year. Engaged citizens in schools, offices, salons, hockey arenas, and more shave their heads or donate at least 10 inches of hair, which is donated to make wigs for those dealing with hair loss issues. The largest event is expected to be the St. John’s Community Shave at the Avalon Mall on March 25.

Visit to donate in support of Whalen’s Shave(s), or to learn more about getting involved!

Date: March 3, 2017
Time: 12-1 p.m. The razor will roar around 12:30
Where: Avalon Mall, Centre Court


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