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Jonathan Parsons
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Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey to host Shave for the Brave

When young Jacob White first decided to ask his mom, Peggy Dalton-White, to participate in Shave for the Brave, he was hesitant at first.

These mop-tops were some of the eight registered participants for Shave for the Brave on hand during a Monday evening practice at Cabot Stadium. They are, back row (left to right): Ryan Pearce, 14; Nicholas Marsh, 13; Blair Smith, 13; Andrew Fisher, 12; and Sam White, 13. In front is Jacob White, the boy who first had the idea.

“When Jacob first asked me about shaving his head for Shave for the Brave, it was a while before he agreed because he kept saying, ‘Mom, will my hair grow out curly?’” Dalton-White told The Packet.

Although hesitant, the idea was a very positive one for the 11-year-old. He had the idea back in January because of a loved one lost to cancer.

“Well, my Nan died with cancer and I’d seen stuff about (Shave for the Brave) so I thought I should try to do it. And then I told her about it and I kept on changing my mind,” says Jacob.

In the end, his decision was a good one.

“I was not going to do it and then I was going to do it, and then I decided, now I’m going to do it. And I have almost $150 raised,” he says.

Shave for the Brave is a program by Young Adult Cancer Canada that provides information and support to young people affected by cancer. People raise money by accepting pledges to have their heads shaved and the donations fund programs to help individuals in need and create awareness.

Jacob’s mom brought the idea of hosting Shave for the Brave to Levi Warren, the president of Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey Association. He presented it at an executive meeting and asked Dalton-White to head the organization of the event.

Among the people registered for Shave for the Brave is Jacob’s older brother Sam, who was also nervous about shaving his head. Perhaps it was the example set by his young brother that changed his mind.

“It took me a while to figure out I was doing it. I just decided at the last second that I was going to do it,” said Sam.

Sam also said he is very proud of his brother for having the idea to do something like this.

As for Jacob, he knows why people raise money for those affected by cancer.

“There’s not a cure for it yet. Terry Fox and everything and all the money that went into (cancer research), and there’s still not a cure so that’s just telling you how big of a deal it is.”

He also sees a bright future for Shave for the Brave in the Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey program.

“There’s eight people that’s doing it now, but I say by next year we’re going to have more.”

In December, the organization announced a partnership with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador with the goal of shaving 500 heads of hockey hair in this Shave for the Brave season.

The Bonavista Minor Hockey Association Shave for the Brave will take place in the Dean Little Memorial Room at Cabot Stadium in Bonavista on Thursday, April 17, at 3 p.m.

Organizations: Young Adult Cancer Canada, Bonavista-Trinity Minor Hockey Association, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Bonavista Minor Hockey Association Shave

Geographic location: Bonavista, Cabot Stadium

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