Sisters shave for cancer

Cora and Laura Briggs decided to donate their long locks

Laura Briggs looks at her long ponytail held up by Susan Lewis. Briggs and her sister Laura (a Resthaven Lodge employee) raised funds for Cops for Cancer. The women also donated their hair to The House of Miss Rose in Vancouver who specialize in creating wigs for cancer patients.

With a few snips of a pair of scissors, about 20 inches of hair was donated to a wig maker.

Sisters Cora and Laura Briggs both took the plunge last week and cut their waist-length hair to donate to The House of Miss Rose in Vancouver — a business that fabricates and donates wigs to cancer patients.

Cora, an employee at Resthaven Lodge, started the initiative and was able to not only donate her hair, but also raise money for Cops for Cancer through the cut-a-thon.

“We both felt there wasn’t much financially we could give but we both had a ton of hair,” said Cora. “This was a way we could give back to those affected by this horrible disease.”

The sisters lost both their father and step-father to the disease and say that as parents and grandparents now, they couldn’t imagine losing a child to cancer.

“That’s why we chose to raise funds through the hair cutting for the Cops for Cancer,” explained Cora.

“Children who suffer from cancer should be able to go away to camp so they can just enjoy being kids and have a small time not to worry about being sick.”

At the time of the cut-a-thon last Monday, the sisters had raised over $650 and still had donations rolling in.

“Everybody has been so generous, I can’t thank them enough,” said Cora.

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