The reasons why people Shave for the Brave are as varied as the individual Shavers themselves. All genders, ages, races, and backgrounds with unique stories and connections gather together in a beautiful tapestry of community to Shave their heads, donate their hair, and be a part of something bigger than themselves. It’s powerful to experience a Shave for the Brave firsthand, whether you’re organizing the event, getting your head shaved, donating 10-inches of hair, or cheering on your loved ones.
Once the Shave is over and the yellow toques have been received, the positive impact continues to be felt by young adult cancer survivors across the country who receive life-altering connections and care because of your help.
Research shows that many cancer survivors experience post-traumatic stress disorder and their mental and emotional health can be affected by how isolated or connected they feel to people who understand their unique worldview. Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) programs are not just a temporary reprieve for cancer survivors in their late teens, 20s, and 30s, the relationships and connections a survivor makes through YACC often provides them with the momentum they need to move forward and empowers them to live their best lives in the face of adversity.
We wish that everyone could meet the brave young adult cancer survivors whose lives have been changed by Shave for the Brave.
It would be amazing for you to sit across the table from Alexander Mandarino and listen to his story of being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was only 20-years-old.
We’d love for you to shake hands with Nick Miller, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 30, and be inspired by how he has faced that challenge with incredible strength.
You would absolutely adore Amber Pywell, an artist, wife and mother from BC who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 34.
After attending Retreat Yourself, Amber said, “Though I had a lot of support, love, and understanding from almost everyone in my life, no one in my life had cancer. No one in my life had cancer at 34, while being married, with three children. I was at peace with my life, but at the retreat it was — life changing. I felt things, lots of things, in great abundance and in frickin’ technicolor!”
YACC isn’t just an organization, it is a community. It is a family. When you Shave for the Brave, you allow us the honour of pulling another chair up to the family table and making space for a young adult cancer survivor who desperately needs to be seen, heard, and loved. Your Shave helps YACC fulfill its mantra: “Every cancer, every stage, YACC’s got your back!”
Why Shave? There are many reasons but we think Amber put it best when she said that YACC helps young adults with cancer get back to living their lives, “in frickin’ technicolor!”