| Sep 30, 2010

Photo: Dylan Walker (in back) and Jakob Vlasic

Six-year-old Dylan Walker of Plevna, who is winning his battle with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system that is now in remission, was invited by seven-year-old Jakob Vlasic of Northbrook to make the first cut of the latter’s blonde locks on Sept. 25 at the Kaladar Community Centre.

Jakob spent the last two and half years growing his hair in order to raise money for Locks of Love, which donates the hair to wigs for young cancer patients in need. Jakob decided to grow and donate his hair after finding out at that time that a friend of the family was diagnosed with cancer, and after becoming aware of Dylan's battle as well.

The event was part of the Kaladar Neighbourhood Block Party, which included live entertainment by the bands Bordertown and Day Street Brothel, a silent auction and barbeque. Two members of the First Canadian Army Veterans' Motorcycle Unit, Tim McCully and Pat Owen presented Jakob with a cheque for $130 to be put towards the cause. The event, which was attended by friends and family of both boys along with members of the community, raised over $500 for children's cancer through the Canadian Cancer Society. Anyone who missed the event but would still like to donate can do so through Facebook at “helpmehelpthem”, where they will find a link to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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