“16 years ago, I met Adam through my work with the Children's Cancer Foundation. He was around seven years old and had no hair due to his chemo treatments,” recalls Brickland Sunshine Residents Network (RN) volunteer Lestrine Tan. She shaved her head in solidarity with Adam that year and made him a promise that she would continue to do so; that he need never feel alone. While Adam sadly passed away a few years after becoming friends with her, Lestrine has kept her promise to him to this day. “To me, Adam is a fighter and survivor. I want to honour his tenacity by continuing to do what I can for children with cancer.” Lestrine joined Brickland Sunshine RN as a volunteer in 2016 to continue her mission. She was part of the RN team which launched an annual Hair for Hope satellite event for residents last year. With COVID-19 considerations, 2020’s event evolved into a digital campaign starting this September. Fellow RN volunteer Vasanthan explains, “Residents challenged themselves to step into the shoes of kids affected by cancer by holding themselves in a wall squat position, allowing them to begin to understand the physical limitations cancer patients overcome daily.” Videos of these challenges, along with stories from parents of children with cancer, were shared on digital platforms to drive awareness of these vulnerable households. On top of the campaign’s main aim to raise awareness, residents also contributed close to $600 towards the cause even amidst the COIVD-19 situation. “We were pleasantly surprised by how eager the young families in the community were to find out more and even offer to volunteer themselves,” shares Lestrine. Vasanthan further explains how existing bonds within the community helped spread awareness and empathy, “This campaign spread quickly across the many digital groups we had for other neighbourly matters.” #ThereForYou
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