Tyler Goldsmith is a ten-year-old boy of action. When he decided to grow his hair this past spring with the idea of shaving his head to raise funds for cancer he was not kidding around.
Tyler’s dad has stage four colon cancer that has recently spread to his lungs. Tyler wanted to join the fight to find a cure for cancer.
In an emotional gathering on Friday afternoon, February 16, surrounded by family, including his father, Lyle Goldsmith and his schoolmates in the gymnasium at Beechwood to shave to save. Rob Gallo, a parent at Beechwood and superintendent of the Lacolle Border Crossing, offered to shave Tyler’s head as well as donate $150 to Tyler from the team at Lacolle.
“The culmination of Tyler’s support and that of the community that is so heartwarming,” said Lyle Goldsmith. “I am very proud of my son for carrying this through and getting this done.”
Pierrefonds Mayor Jim Beis emceed the event.
“Tyler gave me a beautiful Valentine’s Day card today that I will cherish forever,” said Beis who attended Beechwood in Kindergarten. ” Tyler is not only making a difference in his father’s life. He has changed my life today and those in this community. This is the reason we do what we do – to make a difference.
“We are honored to be here today, we at home and school feel strongly about the community and humbled by the outreach of the community,” said Wendy Kauffman and Hilary Ludwick co-presidents of Beechwood’s home and school. “Today we had a crazy hair day that charged each participating student $2. Home and school agreed to match all donations. The initiative raised more than $900 that we matched to make a total of $1,900.”
The initiative raised $11,000 for the Jewish General Hospital, where Tyler’s father Lyle is being treated. Donations are being received in the name of “Goldsmith Kick Cancer Fund” under the Segal Centre.