Around 25 participants dyed their hair blue and shaved it off on Thursday evening. It was all part of the Make-A-Wish foundations “Go Blue, Go Bald” fundraiser at the Westmount Shopping Centre.
TJ Kutt and his dad were the first two to have their blue locks snipped.
“My brother had cancer, and got his wish,” explained TJ. “So I just wanted to do it.”
David Hauth’s daughter Jasmine was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was four months old, and so far she’s had four open-heart surgeries. He says dying his hair blue is the least he can do for the organization.
“Once you’re a Make-A-Wish family, you’re always a Make-A-Wish family. They’re always doing stuff for us,” said Hauth. “I can’t even begin to thank them.”
“Make-A-Wish has made it so we know we’re not alone as a family” said Michelle Hauth, Jasmine’s mom.
Hauth says the family printed off the pictures of the wish trip they went on three years ago to Disneyland, and those photos helped their daughter refocus her energy.
“Her last surgery in May of 2013, I don’t think she would have made it through,” she said. “We looked at those [pictures] everyday.”
“Go Blue, Go Bald” is one of five events Make-A-Wish is hosting. The foundation hopes to raise $80,000 in total. Video to come.