Constable Joel Kooger (back left)

Constable Joel Kooger (back left)

Big Brother, Little Brother, raise money for cancer

A special event took place last week at Cataline Elementary School when 10-year-old Damien got a haircut in front of his class.

A special event took place last week at Cataline Elementary School when 10-year-old Damien got a haircut in front of his class with two RCMP officers standing by.

Damien and RCMP Const. Colby Hendrickson are part of the mentoring program at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Williams Lake, and both made the choice to help kids with cancer.  Hendrickson did the 2015 Cops for Cancer bike ride and when Damien found out, he wanted to help.

He got his hair cut to donate for making wigs for children who have lost their hair while fighting cancer, and also collected sponsors who donated money for the cause.

Const. Hendrickson talked about his experience in 2015 on the Cops for Cancer ride, including meeting a young girl who had been battling cancer for three years. “The effort and any discomfort I put into the cancer ride was nothing compared to what she endured,” he said.

While Saisha Wagnitz from the Rock Paper Scissor salon was cutting Damien’s hair, it was announced that $545 had been raised to date, thanks to his efforts.

“I’m very proud of him,” said Damien’s mom, Jessica Means. “I always have been.”