Toronto (June 19, 2006) - You're invited to watch Bob Bell, President and CEO of University Health Network, and several UHN staff and employees shave their heads (and more) for a great cause – financial assistance for cancer patients who can't afford to buy a wig!

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2006
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Ave.
New Clinical Services Building, 4th Floor – DeGasperis Conservatory (West elevators)

In January, cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) nurses at Toronto General Hospital were devastated to learn that one of their own, CVICU nurse Karen Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer and would soon become a patient of Princess Margaret Hospital.

Determined to turn a negative situation into a positive, life-changing experience for Karen, her friends in the CVICU including nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons and other hospital staff launched the Get Wiggy With It fundraising campaign in her honour. In just four months the Wiggy campaign has raised $40,000for Princess Margaret Hospital's Patient Wig Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford to buy wig.

The campaign consists of five creative fundraising initiatives, one of which is the "crowning glory" of the campaign, the Hair Shaving event at Toronto General Hospital.

Photo Opportunity:
Final shot of all hair-shavees with Karen Nelson to take place between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Interview Opportunities:

  • Bob Bell, President and CEO, University Health Network
  • Karen Nelson, CVICU nurse and cancer patient who inspired the Get Wiggy With It Campaign
  • Linda Flockhart, CVICU nurse and fundraising campaign lead
  • Zain Haji, Wig Specialist, PMH Wig Salon & Accessories Boutique

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