Concordia defensive tackle Jérome Bédard Guillemette has joined forces with the Stingers women's hockey team to help raise awareness for Pink in the Rink at Concordia's Ed Meagher Arena this weekend.
The senior has stepped up and offered to cut his hair and possibly shave his beard to raise money for breast cancer research. His goal is to raise $1500. If he hits that mark, the beard will come off as well.
“Since my first year here, I haven’t cut my hair,” said Bédard Guillemette. “I let it grow for four years and made a plan to cut it at the end of my football career.”
With teammates and friends surrounding him, the hair will come off in the lobby of the Concordia athletic complex, 7200 Sherbrooke St. W., at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“The mother of my best friend had breast cancer and that opened my eyes,” he said. "I realized it could affect my mother, my sister, my girlfriend. It’s common.”
In fact, about 11 per cent of women in Canada will develop breast cancer by the time they reach 90 years old.
The women’s hockey team will be out in full force at Friday night’s men’s hockey game versus the UQTR Patriotes at 7:30 p.m. They will collect donations and sell T-shirts to raise funds for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
The following day the Stingers will host the Montréal Carabins at 3 p.m. and continue their fundraising efforts.