Sheila Chatten with her kids Sydnee (left) and Sam (right) Burke

Kids rally for cancer cure

With long locks flowing down his back, Sam Burke has been mistaken for a girl on a number of occasions.

With long locks flowing down his back, Sam Burke has been mistaken for a girl on a number of occasions.

“Waitresses think he’s a girl,” said mom Sheila Chatten of her 15-year-old son.

Sam adds: “It’s annoying.”

Sam, a Vernon Secondary student, hasn’t cut his hair since Grade 7. He has been growing it out ever since so he can donate it to cancer patients who have lost their hair through treatment.

“Originally I just didn’t want to cut my hair so she (my mom) came up with the idea,” said Sam.

And Sam’s younger sister, Sydnee, has also been growing her hair out for the cause.

Together, the siblings will have their hair cut at the CIBC Run for the Cure at Clarence Fulton Secondary Sunday morning, after which they will take part in the run.

Sydnee, 10, loves her “fabulous” hair but is looking forward to having people cheer her on as she supports the cause.

Meanwhile Sam has gotten used to his long locks and is going to miss the warmth they provide.

But mom is thoroughly looking forward to some simpler maintenance.

“Mommy’s tired of it, the shampoo, the rinse, the brushing,” said Sheila with a laugh.

This is the third year Sheila has taken part in the run, the second year for Sydnee and it will be Sam’s first Run for the Cure.

“There’s reasons why we do it,” said Sheila, who lost a friend to breast cancer and has another currently battling the disease.

Anyone who would like to donate towards the family’s efforts can drop off donations, made out to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, at The Morning Star.

For more information about the run or to register or donate visit www.runforthecure.com or come down to Fulton at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to take part.

 

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