A young Whistler woman who lost her father to cancer is throwing all her resources together to raise funds to fight the disease.
Andrea Nacey’s father, Douglas Nacey, passed away Oct. 17, 2011, at the age of 55 following a short, six-month battle with liver cancer. In the two years since, Andrea and her family have grown closer while helping each other through the loss. But now it’s time to do something proactive with all the pent-up energy.
“When something so shocking happens in your life like that, it takes a couple years, mentally and emotionally, to heal. Through that time my family—my sisters, my mother—we’ve just had so much support and were shown so much generosity. Now I feel free, and feel I can give back.”
What she’s giving back is her hair, 14 to 16 inches of deep chestnut brown, for use ing a wig for a chemotherapy patient. But before cutting her locks down to chin length she’s also hoping to raise $5,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation by Oct. 17, the second anniversary of her father’s death.
“When people are fighting a disease like this, it’s already difficult enough, but when you have to lose your hair on top of it all, it’s just another blow,” Andrea said.
“I love my hair, but I feel if I can give something I think my hair is the thing that can give comfort to someone. Even after losing my father when he was still so young, it’s empowering for me to give back in someway. Empowering to myself and empowering to my community.”
As of press time, Andrea’s fundrasing page at the BC Cancer Foundation had attracted $1,600 in donations, with a few hundred more dollars collected privately. To reach her $5,000 target, Andrea has thrown together all her resources. The professional yoga instructor is enlisting the help of friend and colleague, Zoe Stimpson, to hold a by-donation yoga class Oct. 1 at Whistler Lululemon. The session, playfully called F--- Cancer Whistler, “a yoga event about connection, empowerment, love, sweat and tears,” will feature a yang-to-yin practice and candlelit shavasana with a special musical guest. The session is open to all levels, and mats will be provided. Anyone interested in joining is invited to show up at 8 p.m.
“This event is simply an opportunity to pay it forward,” Nacey said. “Cancer affects us all on different levels.”
To make a contribution to Nacey’s $5,000 target visit the BC Cancer Foundation’s website at bccancerfoundation.com and search for Andrea Nacey’s fundraising page by following the link, “raise funds for our cause,” at the bottom of the homepage.