Montréal Police Chief Will Get his Head Shaved in Support of the Canadian Cancer Society

09 December 2013

Montreal -

Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) Chief Marc Parent this morning announced at a press conference that he has agreed to serve as the Honorary President of Cops for Cancer. 

After getting cancer some 20 years ago, Marc Parent decided to have his head shaved right after the holidays, in solidarity with all those who lose their hair because of cancer. “Our physical appearance counts for less than life. And if, through this small gesture, I can help give hope and encourage people to give in order to beat cancer, then I will have achieved my goal,” indicated the director of Canada’s second largest municipal police department.

Some 15 police officers have already agreed to join in the adventure. Marc Parent announced that he had issued a challenge to the different police departments across Quebec, inviting them to have at least one of their officers get their head shaved.  “You know that this kind of gesture by a police officer is one of solidarity and hope. It’s quite a shock to find yourself bald practically from one day to the next. It is a constant reminded of the disease. You barely recognize yourself, and all too often people look at you differently,” noted Mei Lin Yee, who has had chronic breast cancer for more than four years.

The head of the SPVM is the second chief of police to agree to have his head shaved in 15 years. The other one was Claude Rochon in 1998.  “On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), I thank Mr. Parent and his team, as well as everyone else who will get their heads shaved in February. We are certain that this gesture of support will touch those who are currently fighting cancer,” added Denis Lalonde, the head of development and operations at the Quebec division of the CCS. The objective of the CCS is to save as many lives as possible, an objective that is shared by all peace officers who, through Cops for Cancer are showing their commitment to the cause. »

Cops for Cancer started in 1994, when a few police officers in Edmonton agreed to have their heads shaved to encourage a young patient with cancer who had lost his hair to return to school.

The CCS Cops for Cancer Shave-a-thons have so far raised more than $50 million across Canada for research and support programs!

For additional information about Cops for Cancer, contact Nathalie Lapierre at 514‑255-5151. Info:

About the CCS

Every day the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. It has been relentless in its commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support people touched by the disease. For 75 years, its goal has remained unchanged: do more so that fewer people have to face cancer and more survive. Let’s save more lives: visit or call the Cancer Information Service at 1‑888‑939‑3333.

For more information, please contact:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444