Cops for Cancer first began in 1994, when Sergeant Gary Goulet of the Edmonton Police Service met Lyle Jorgenson, a then 5-year-old boy who had cancer. Goulet requested the meeting after learning that Lyle was being ridiculed at school because of his hair loss due to chemotherapy. Goulet was so moved by the boy’s story, he rallied his colleagues to shave their heads in solidary. The Cops for Cancer movement was born when Goulet contacted the Canadian Cancer Society to hold a head shaving fundraiser. The event concept spread and evolved to neighbouring police forces and eventually across the country raising millions of dollars for childhood cancer research and support services.
Since 1997, thanks to caring communities and supporters, Cops for Cancer has raised more than $42 million for childhood cancer research and support services for patients and their families.
Childhood cancer affects kids under the age of 15. While there are many forms of the disease, the three most common types of childhood cancers are:
The Canadian Cancer Society believes that one child with cancer is one too many. It is for this reason that the organization: