Langley boy’s big haircut benefits kids with cancer

A Grade 5 student at Langley’s Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary gave up his hair for kids in cancer treatment Thursday.

Ryder Galye got his long, thick hair sliced off in front of a school assembly, for donation to Wigs for Kids B.C., a charity that makes wigs for youngsters who have lost their hair to cancer treatment.

Ryder turned up for the assembly with his hair gathered up in multiple ponytails for easy removal.

His mom Erin Galye wielded the scissors, snipping off each chunk and depositing them carefully in a plastic bag to keep them clean and sterile for the wigmakers.

After letting his hair grow for some time, Ryder decided to get it cut. It was his decision to give it to Wigs for Kids B.C., as he has known people in cancer treatment.

Ryder’s family also fundraised for the charity, raising $1,800.

The Blacklock students held a coin drive the week of the big haircut.

“It brought us up over $2,000, which is fantastic,” said Erin.

Const. Craig Van Herk of the Langley RCMP brought a group of Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley riders to support and thank Ryder and the other students for their generosity. The Cops for Cancer also fundraise every year for pediatric cancer research, treatment, and patient support.

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