Nova Scotia

$40K raised at leukemia event

Close to $40,000 was raised in Halifax Saturday in support of children with leukemia.

Close to $40,000 was raised in Halifax Saturday in support of children with leukemia and the IWK children's hospital.

Over a four-hour period, hundreds of people showed up at Halifax Shopping Centre to shave their heads or cut their long hair.

The seventh annual Hair for Hero's event is organized by the Daniel McLellan Memorial Fund. 

McLellan died in 2004 when he was just four months old. Const. Brad McLellan, a Halifax Regional Police officer, was Daniel's father.

"He was one of the first newborn babies to have that disease at that age and we spent an extensive amount of time in the IWK," explained McLellan.

McLellan said many people donated money to the family to help them in their time of grief. In turn, the McLellans organized a fundraiser for the IWK. The event raises at least $30,000 every year.

Two months ago, 16-year-old Nathan Kehoe lost his battle to leukemia. His older brother Jordan showed up at Saturday's event. He said some of the money raised at the event had been earmarked to support his brother.

"They were going to install in our house a chair that can go up and down the stairs because he had a hard time walking around especially at the end," said Kehoe.

Many police officers shaved their heads in support. Even police horse Sarge had his mane clipped.