He took off his hair by choice to help those who lose theirs to chemotherapy.

Jason Shand, a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon, had his head shaved live on television on October 29 in the main mall area of the hospital, in support of fund raising efforts for breast cancer research.

A hairdresser shaves a man's head.

Jason Shand had his head shaved by a hairdresser after joining with the rest of the staff of the RUH emergency department to raise money for breast cancer research.

“It started with WestJet taking the initiative to help one of our emergency room employees who has a child that suffers from a long-term disease, and they are in Edmonton and having to live there. WestJet started a fundraiser to help them, and I said to our staff that we could do more as well,” Shand told Global Saskatoon’s Melissa Nakhavoly on the Global Morning Show. “So we decided to step forward and to take on breast cancer.”

The emergency department staff made pink shirts to show support for women who are fighting the battle against breast cancer, and when a staff member suggested Shand shave his head, he agreed to it.

“This is one more step we could do to raise more money to fight the fight,” he said.

Shand is surrounded by a camera and reporter.

Shand was interviewed by Global television before, during and after he shaved his head for breast cancer research on October 29.

Together, the emergency department raised $1,700 in less than four weeks by simply putting out jars, and sending some emails, asking for donations.

“People really stepped up and I’m very proud of all the support that we’ve gotten,” Shand said.

Over $300 more was raised just before Shand’s head was shaved that morning.

“I’m very excited and I’ve very proud to be able to do this to put my foot forward to support this worthy cause,” he said, just as the hairdresser got to work.

Sixty-seven Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women. Breast cancer can also occur in men, but it is not common.

In the end, the efforts of the RUH Emergency Department resulted in a donation of $2,018 for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency through C95’s Radio Marathon For Breast Cancer Research.

A newly-bald man poses for photos

Nurse Jason Shand poses with his new bald head after shaving it live on television to raise funds for breast cancer research.