There’s a $5,000 bounty on her hair

PO2 Bruce Bevil, barber Scott Attrill and Jenna Boon

PO2 Bruce Bevil and barber Scott Attrill of Floyds Barber shop arm themselves with scissors in anticipation of cutting Jenna Boon’s hair. On March 22, providing $5,000 is raised for Sailors for a Cure, her long locks will come off during a head shave at Floyds. Funds raised during this event will support Ronald MacDonald house and children with cancer as part of Sailors for a Cure.

Even though Jenna Boon has been growing her long black locks for 26 years, she’s agreed to shave it all off at the skillful hands of Floyds barber Scott Attrill – that’s if base personnel can raise $5,000.

The Base Duty Watch Coordinator agreed to undergo the clippers in support of Sailors for a Cure, a charity set up by PO2 Bruce Bevil on behalf of his sister-in-law Sandra Bevil who battled breast cancer.

“Honestly, I didn’t have to think about it that long to tell him yes I will do it,” says Boon. “I think it’s a good cause. And it’s making an important statement that we can be beautiful with or without hair.”

Her hair will be donated to Locks of Love, a company that makes wigs out of natural hair for cancer survivors. Monetary funds raised will go to the Ronald MacDonald House of B.C. in support of children with cancer.

This year’s target is $50,000, including the $5,000 base goal.

People can donate for both the overall campaign, or towards Boon’s head shave through www.sailorsforacure.com.

Anyone wanting to witness the haircut should pop by Floyds on March 22 at 10 a.m.

Sailors for a Cure began in 2003 when PO2 Bevil was deployed in HMCS Calgary and learned his sister-in-law had breast cancer.

He wanted to help and asked his shipmates to take part in Operation Q-ball, an initiative in which they shaved their heads to fundraise for cancer support on her behalf. Over the years it evolved into Sailors for a Cure.

Last year Sandra died from the disease. Before she died, she asked that the charity continue to help others suffering from cancer.

PO2 Bevil is in the process of trying to arrange an annual Sailors for a Cure day with MacDonald’s restaurant. This would see sailors helping serve at the local MacDonald’s store with partial proceeds of each Big Mac going to the Ronald MacDonald House in support of children with cancer.

-Shelley Lipke, Staff Writer

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  1. Paul Toffanello says:

    A brilliant charitable cause, and good for Bruce Bevil leading the pack. This article speaks of a wonderful level of commitment and a dedication by those who serve to keep our country safe to also help in so many other ways. Well done to all who are involved in Sailors for a Cure. You offer hope and demonstrate that we all need to connect and find a cure for cancer.

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