anne marie anonsen
Marion Alyson Prokop
When I was 16 years old, my brother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. His treatment went well and was successful, however, I won't forget the effect it had on my family. A year and a half later it resurged, and at the same time my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This time it was much harder on my brother, and my mother had a case of life threatening pneumonia.
With luck and strength, both my brother and mother survived. We are the lucky ones, and in a way, we should be the ones that give back the most.
I have been growing my dreadlocks for 13 years. When my brother was first diagnosed, I asked if he wanted to cut mine, as my father and other brother had. For solidarity he said, "I'll kick your butt if you do!"
Everywhere I've been I've been recognized for my hair. In St. John's, Ottawa, Kingston, and even South Korea I was known as "the guy with the dreads". Currently my hair reaches the small of my back. The last time I had a traditional haircut was when I was 13 years old. (They did a terrible job, haha!).
But now comes a time when I have, and want to, cut my hair anyway. So, why not it into something that can help?
My Fundraising Event
Join me on Friday, February 22, at The Mansion in Kinston, Ontario, for a celebratory event where I cut my hair in support of my brother, mother and everyone else impacted by cancer.
Donations will benefit The Gateway for Cancer Research, which funds phase I and phase II cancer clinical trials.
99 cents of every dollar received by The Gateway funds cancer research, so your donations will truly help.
For information and location about The Mansion: http://www.themansionkingston.com/