A retired Saanich police officer who is battling cancer has raised money to help kids in a similar situation.
On Friday, Const. Paul Cain shaved his head after raising money for Tour de Rock, a two-week, 1,000-kilometre bike ride for a team of police officers who raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Saanich police said Cain has been diagnosed with cancer and is moving through aggressive treatments that will soon result in him losing his hair. Cain decided he wanted to lose his hair on his terms and wanted it to be shaved at the Saanich Police Department. He then set a goal of raising $1,000 for Tour de Rock. The money goes to kids fighting cancer.
“What Paul forgot was the impact he had and continues to have on all those that know him. His vision of an intimate gathering turned into a jam-packed room of family and friends, there to give him a hug and a hand as he lost his hair and even his trademark mustache. He inspired others to shave their heads and all to open their pocketbooks,” Saanich police said in a release.
Cain ended up raising more than $16,000, beating his initial fundraising goal by $15,000.
Saanich police have been involved in Tour de Rock since 1998. To donate, visit the Tour de Rock website.