Yes, they did it. Four officers with York’s Security Services are now feeling cooler up top after following through on their pledge to have their heads shaved at a recent Cops for Cancer event raising money to fight the disease.
On Saturday May 10, these brave York fellows went under the razor at Yorkdale Shopping Centre: Norm Ferriss, Security Services supervisor; René Saint-André, Student Services supervisor; and Joe Falsetta and Rommel D’Souza, security officers. Dragan Spasojevic, York Security Services supervisor, sat on the Canadian Cancer Society committee that organizes these and other events.
Through the generosity of the York University community and others, and through the tremendous enthusiasm of those who willingly went bald, the officers raised $2,775. Falsetta alone raised $1,645. All pledges went to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Cops for Cancer began in 1994 when an Edmonton police officer sympathized with a five-year-old boy who was being teased because of hair loss due to chemotherapy. He gathered a group of officers willing to shave their heads and joined the boy at school to show other kids that being bald was cool. The event attracted so much attention that the officer turned it into a fundraising drive that has raised over $13 million to date.