Last May, Nathan Smyth took part in Colour To Conquer and raised more than $1,000 for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – double the amount of his original goal!
This year, the 12-year-old from Pickering, Ontario, who raised the money by donating his paper route money and fundraising through school, is hoping to exceed that.
“I did a really good job (last year) so I’m trying to beat that goal,” says Nathan.
Colour To Conquer is a fundraising initiative that invites Canadians to colour their hair in bold hues to raise funds for life-saving research for The Princess Margaret, one of the Top 5 cancer research centres in the world.
Nathan has a long history with The Princess Margaret. He started coming to The Magic Castle childcare centre when he was only 10 days old while his mom Heather underwent a bone marrow transplant for leukemia.
His mom is now being treated for esophageal cancer and Nathan says it means a lot to him to be able to give back.
“I wanted to help raise money so that they can learn more about all the (types of) cancer and heal it quicker.”
Last year Nathan dyed his hair blue with purple tips and is planning on letting his classmates decide on the colour this year. He’s hoping his entire school and his baseball team will also join him and take part in Colour To Conquer.
“If everybody participated that would mean the whole world to me,” he says.
Find out more about how you can get involved in Colour To Conquer this May and support dedicated fundraisers like Nathan.