Her long, blonde hair fell bit by bit onto the gymnasium floor at Copper Cliff Public School only to be collected by her mom, Michelle, and sent to the Angel Hair for Kids.
The program provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment.
The Angel Hair for Kids program is administered by A Child's Voice Foundation, whose founder, Roslyn Yearwood, came to realize children were falling between the cracks and in need of health care, services, and basic needs not provided by government, insurance, or other organizations.
“It's not fair that kids my age have to lose their hair because of chemotherapy,” said the Grade 6 student. “It's better to lose your hair by choice for a good cause than to lose it to a disease.
“I think I'm going to miss my hair, and I'm definitely going to let it grow back, and hopefully do this again some time.”
Aislinn also raised $787 for Copper Cliff Public School’s Terry Fox Run. The school raised a more than $4,000, said principal Chris Bourré.
“We set a pretty high goal this year at $2,900, because that's what we raised last year,” Bourré said. “I told everyone that if they all brought $15 each, that would allow us to meet and exceed that goal. I'm tickled pink that we raised as much as we did.”
Teachers offered up some incentives to the students to raise money for the campaign, he said, but it didn't take a lot of convincing to get the students behind the project.
“They all know how important the Terry Fox Run is,” Bourré said.
For example, Bourré allowed himself to be duct-taped to the gymnasium wall, while several of the top fundraising students had a chance to shove a pie plate full of whipped cream in his face. Two other faculty members also allowed students to shove whipped cream in their face, while another allowed a student to buzz his hair.
“The real brave one here was Aislinn in shaving her hair and donating it to a great cause,” he said. “It's about education, it's about awareness and it's about building community.”
Aislinn's mom couldn't agree more.
“She's been planning this for three years,” said Michelle Munro. “I'm proud of her determination to grow her hair for that long, and then donate it to a good cause. I even thought I'd do this with her, but I'm just not that brave.”
As for next year's Terry Fox Run at Copper Cliff Public School, Bourré said he isn't sure how the students will be able to top this year's total, “but we'll put on our thinking caps and start to come up with a plan soon.”