ABOVE: Talia Segreto shows off her long locks that will be shaved off July 8 in support of Morinville Public School student Kylee Houle.

by Stephen Dafoe

A Grade 2 Morinville Public School student, moved by the illness of a fellow student and ringette player, has decided to do something to be supportive.

Seven-and-a-half-year-old Talia Segreto decided to cut her more than 12 inches of blonde hair off in support of Kylee Houle, diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma In April.

Miss Segreto came home from school June 17 after watching her principal and many fellow students get their head shaved at a school event. She told her mother, Sarah, that she wanted to do the same.

“I just thought it would be kind of nice to do it for Kylee since she has cancer,” Miss Segreto said. “I wanted to know what it would feel like to be bald.”

The MPS student said she was not nervous about having her head shaved next week. In fact, she said she’s excited, and mother Sarah said Talia wanted to cut her hair off the moment she got home from school June 17.

But the actual head shave will wait another week so the family can prepare for Talia’s other goal – raising some funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

The Segreto family will hold a barbecue at their home on 99 Street on July 8 at 6 p.m. with the head shave to take place at 7 p.m. Sarah Segreto said the family is providing the food, and all donations will go to buy items for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

“We’re going to have some hot dogs and chips,” Sarah Segreto said. “If people want to make a donation, that’s great. We’re going to get donations for the Stollery. The Houle family has a list of stuff they would like [for the hospital]. We’re going to take Talia shopping so she has a part in what is being donated to the Stollery.”

Those interested in donating to the cause can attend the event July 8 at 9912 99 Street or call Sarah Segreto at 780-939-0433.

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