Ladies and gentlemen - start your razors!

Olivia Chow, Rufus Wainwright and Gary Slaight get ready to shave heads on World Cancer Day

TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2016 /CNW/ -


Two hair-raising events showcasing the results of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's #NoHairSelfie campaign where brave hair-ticipants are willing to lose their locks in solidarity with cancer patients worldwide on February 4, 2016 - World Cancer Day. 


#NoHairSelfie Press Conference

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Ave.

7th Floor Atrium


*Professor, politician and author Olivia Chow will be shaving the head of Paul Alofs, President & CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

*Rufus Wainwright, Canadian singer-songwriter and composer, will be shaving the head of his husband, Luminato's Jorn Weisbrodt, in honour of Rufus' mother, the late Canadian folksinger Kate McGarrigle

*Gary Slaight, Canadian businessman, philanthropist and one of last year's most successful hair-ticipants, will help magician David Ben meet the razor head on. Mr. Ben has raised more than $175,000 for cancer research.


#NoHairSelfie Buzz Off & After-Shave Party

Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd, parking on-site

5:00 p.m.


*30 hair-ticipants who have each raised significant funds for their own #NoHairSelfie campaign will be getting their hair buzzed to support The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

*Each hair-ticipant has a compelling story motivating their participation in this event including:

*Firefighters from the Toronto Fire Services who have pledged to cumulatively raise over $15,000 and will shave all together

*Christie Healey, wife of the late Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist Jeff Healey, who is shaving in honour of her husband and family members who have succumbed to cancer.

*Toronto businessman and prostate cancer survivor David Engel and his three adult sons will have a 'family shave.'                   

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About #NoHairSelfie
The #NoHairSelfie campaign aims to bring together cancer patients, survivors and those who love them for one common goal:  to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research.

About Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and delivering Personalized Cancer Medicine. The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, is a member of the University Health Network, which also includes Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The Michener Institute for Education at UHN. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

SOURCE Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

For further information: Elissa Freeman, For the #NoHairSelfie Campaign, 416.565.5605; Diane Hargrave, For the #NoHairSelfie Campaign, 416.467.9954 x104; Kevin Shea, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, 416-946-2898


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