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Chopping it all off for a good cause

Student cuts off his long locks in support of cancer


By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Tanner Fresh has come a long way – attending Durham College, far from his home of Saskatchewan while also aiming to start his rap career. And on top of all that, he has gotten rid of something that previously would have made him stick out: his shoulder-length hair.


Tanner Fresh, a music student at Durham College, had been growing his hair for more than two years when he decided to cut it off and donate it to 360 Hair, which collects hair to help make wigs for child cancer patients. Johnny Bastas of Johnny Cuts Barbership was more than happy to lop it off.

The hair was donated to 360 Hair, a company that collects donated hair to help make wigs for child cancer patients.

However, this wasn’t the original idea Fresh had in mind when he first started growing out his locks.

“From the get go, it wasn’t exactly planned and it just starts as a hair-growing thing. Eventually, it grows longer and longer and longer, and you start to think that you gotta do something with it,” he told The Oshawa Express when he still had his long hair. “So I thought why not give it to someone who needs it more than I do.”

Fresh isn’t the only member of his family that helps in the fight against cancer.

“My mom and my family and my friends, we’re always supportive. My mom goes down and runs in cancer runs down in the States, so it’s in my roots to support people battling cancer,” he said.

The aspiring rapper –he has his debut record tentatively set to come out this summer – says what he’s doing is just a small part in the grand scheme of things, and everyone should be charitable.

“It’s pretty important these days to help out those in need, and if we can all…pitch a little part, the world would be a better place”