Mark Dobbin has been aware of Shave for the Brave for over a decade, supporting many Shavers including his son, Michael, who put his own head of hair on the line in 2009 to support Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) and the supportive peer community it serves. This year, he’s facing the razor himself.
Dobbin says he loved the concept around Shave for the Brave, loved the cause, and thought it was a cool and dramatic way to raise money. After thinking about it for a while, there are a few reasons why 2020 is his year to take part, including celebrating his upcoming 60th birthday and honouring loved ones who dealt with cancer.
“I’m such a believer of their critical work that I am exposing my bare head for the first time in my life. In preparation, I have gone feral since January,” he wrote on his online fundraising page.
Dobbin says he knows how important it is to have a supportive peer group when facing tough times and facing adversity. He has seen and benefitted from that in his business life, and he knows it is a truth that extends to every other area of life.
He recognizes he has been incredibly fortunate, which gives him a sense of responsibility to contribute and help out in a bunch of ways. Sometimes it’s easy to write cheques and make donations, other times you’ve got to step up, so that’s what he’s doing now.
Dobbin has set a $50,000 fundraising goal and will get the most powerful haircut of his life on November 8, 2020. Click here to donate!
All donations to the Shave for the Brave help YACC provide digital, local, and national programs to help those diagnosed in their late teens, 20s, and 30s live with, through, and beyond cancer. Visit youngadultcancer.ca to learn more.