SPVM chief Marc Parent and 50 other police officers shave their heads to support people living with cancer - More than $80,000 raised to help save more lives

14 May 2015

Montreal -

The 15th edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer took place today in the Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins. The Director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (Montreal Police Service), Marc Parent, and 50 other police officers who are all members of Quebec’s various police forces, including seven other directors, had their heads shaved to raise $100,000.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

With Cops for Cancer, the guardians of public safety show their solidarity with those living with cancer through a symbolic gesture: shaving their heads, and by this, saying to tens of thousands of children, women, and men who lose their hair after cancer treatment that they are with them. It’s also an occasion to help save lives by raising money to fund innovative research projects as well as support services and prevention programs. Losing hair is one of the many ordeals that people living with cancer must go through. It can appear to be an insignificant matter when someone is fighting for their life, but it is distressing for many patients because it is an obvious sign of the disease.

The Cops for Cancer fundraiser for the CCS was held for the first time in 1994. Police officers in Edmonton had decided to have their heads shaved and pose for a photo with a young boy who was being bullied in school because he had lost all his hair following chemotherapy. The photo went across Alberta and thousands of police officers in the country, inspired by such a show of support, also decided to take up the challenge. With the support of 300,000 donors annually and 30,000 volunteers, the CCS is the Quebec cancer charity with the greatest potential to save more lives. Every year, around 135,000 Quebecers turn to the organization. So, the CCS is doing everything it can to increase the overall cancer survival rate, which is currently at 63%, to 80% by 2030.

The money raised with the Cops for Cancer activity enables the CCS to:

  • prevent more cancers and demand laws that protect public health
  • fund more research projects
  • support more people living with cancer

Let’s save more lives. Visit cancer.ca or call us at 1 888 939-3333.

Nathalie Lapierre
Société canadienne du cancer
Division du Québec
Phone: 514 797-9144