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Cutting for Cancer

After months of buildup, Sunday (Nov. 4) was they day that Rachel Puchailo (left) and Sharlyn Ricketts (right) have been working so diligently towards. Forming an initiative entitled Shavin’ for the Brave in the Valley, the two women have been raising funds for local cancer care for the past four months. Following a luncheon, complete with silent auction prizes and other fundraisers, the duo entrusted their heads to the talented stylists from Hair Mechanics to chop their long locks. Also shaving their heads in support were Doreen Miles, Frankie Hanke and Puchailo’s husband Andy. In addition, Puchailo’s mother – Bernice Schindler (centre) – also lost several inches and her and Puchailo’s hair was donated to Locks of Love. More than $4,000 was raised prior to Sunday’s event and, once a tally is complete, a donation will be made to the local organization.