Frequently Asked Questions

Does Leucan recuperate the hair?

Leucan supports children with cancer and their families by offering them a wide variety of adapted services including a Wig Service and by allocating substantial sums annually to finance clinical research. Leucan’s Wig Service is free for those members who request the need for one. Leucan has decided to no longer recuperate hair donations, it being too time consuming for our Association’s resources. We would rather concentrate our efforts on the services we offer to our members: children with cancer and their families. There are, however, organizations that do so. Please refer to the Where and how to make a hair donation on our Hair Donation page of the website.

Where does the money go?

The amounts raised by this activity will help Leucan support even more generously clinical research, as well as the numerous services the Association offers to children with cancer and their families across Quebec:emotional assistance and support, financial assistance, referral services, massage therapy, hosting and support in hospital's playrooms, sociorecreational activities, an awareness program in school, end-of-life and bereavement follow-up, as well as the Leucan Information Centre.

Can I cut off my ponytail?

Yes, as long as participants comply with the following:

  • The participant will cut at least 8 inches of hair (the minimum required for hair donations) to preserve the symbolism of this gesture of solidarity.
    • Leucan does not collect hair.
  • Participation in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge by getting a ponytail cut off is subject to the same rules as any other Leucan Shaved Head Challenge, including the required minimum of $50 in donations, as well as all other conditions.
  • The participant getting a ponytail cut must be aware and accept that this a basic haircut with priority given to hair donation, and as such, a follow-up appointment with a hairdresser might be required at the participant’s expense. The participant agrees to release Leucan from any responsibility relating to styling adjustments.

What is Leucan?

For more than 35 years, Leucan has been committed to helping cancer-stricken children and their families. In addition to its support to clinical research, the Association provides specific and personalized services to hundreds of families:  emotional assistance and supportfinancial assistance, referral services, massage therapyhosting and support in hospitals’ playroomssocio-recreational activities, an awareness program in schoolsend-of-life and bereavement follow-up, as well as the Leucan Information Centre. With its nine offices, Leucan is present throughout Quebec.

How do I register for the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge?

Visit our Web site and choose the region where you wish to participate, click on I wish to register and follow the instructions. You can access your personalized home page to modify your objectives, add a picture and write your story at any time.

Ok, so I’m registered. What happens now?

If you registered online, you will receive a confirmation email with your user name and password that will allow you to solicit your friends via email (Visa or Master Card). However, if you do not have an email adress, Leucan will register you online. Donation forms will be sent to you and we will contact you to confirm the time and location of your challenge.

Can I register my child?

Yes, but your child must be at least 7 years old. If the child is between 7 and 16 years of age, one of the two parents or the child's guardian will need to sign a parental authorization form on the day of the event. The required minimum age of 7 years old allows us to ensure that the child understands the circumstances of his/her gesture. No child under 7 years of age will be allowed to participate.

I want to register in my region. Who do I contact?

Requests should be addressed to one of Leucan's 9 regional offices.

I live in Montreal, but I want to get my head shaved in another region. Or, I live in a region, but I want to get my head shaved in Montreal. Can I do that?

Sure! Everyone can get his or her head shaved in the location of his or her choice on the day of the event.

What if I change my mind and decide not to participate? What should I do?

Simply let us know and return your fundraising forms along with any donation that you have collected.

What is the minimum amount that I have to collect?

We ask for a minimum of $50 per person to participate in the Shaved Head Challenge.

Who do I make the cheques to?


What are the fundraising forms for?

They are very important for both you and Leucan. They allow you to keep track of all your donors and allow Leucan to issue tax receipts. These require that the information for each donor is complete including the address, amount of the donation and payment method.

How do I get fundraising forms? Can I make copies or get an electronic version?

Once you register online, you will be able to download the fundraising forms directly from your personal online page. If you did not register online or you wish to receive additional paper forms, please contact your regional office.

What do I do if I’ve collected a large amount of coins?

Please count and roll your coins and deposit the full amount into your bank account. Write a cheque payable to Leucan to simplify the transfer. It is important to provide Leucan with all fundraising forms in order for us to issue tax receipts.

When must I submit the donations?

All donations must be turned over to us on the day of the event. All donations and pledges that you receive after can be given to Leucan in person, or by mail, at the Leucan location of your region.

Will my head be shaved to the skin?

No. Our hairdressers will make sure to leave a few millimetres of hair. The shavings are done with a clipper (electric shaver).

What do the hairdressers use to shave my head?

A clipper (or an electric shaver). We do not accept blade shaving.

Can I get my moustache or beard shaved, too?

Yes, but you must also shave you head. Mention it to the hairdresser before the shaving.

Can my family and friends take photos of me as I get shaved?

Yes, but they will need to stay in a reserved area, and will not be able to come up with you on the stage where the shavings will be done.

Can someone in a wheelchair come with me to the Challenge?

Yes. Simply notify a Leucan volunteer when you arrive. If you or another person needs special assistance, please let us know in advance.

When can donors expect to receive their tax receipts?

For all donations made online, tax receipts will be issued and sent by email immediately. For all donations made by cheque or cash on the day of the Shaved Head Challenge, receipts will be issued in fall 2013 at the latest.

Can I place a donation box at my office?

Leucan can provide you with donation boxes, as long as the boxes are placed in a secure and supervised area. Donors who drop money into the box will not be issued tax receipts.

Can donors expect tax receipts for donations below $20?

Yes, but only on request.

I can not participate, but can I still make a donation?

Yes. All we need are your coordinates in order for us to sent you a tax reeipt if your donation is $20 or more. You can make a general donation via our website or by mail.

Can I register my company, my family, my school, my hockey team, etc.?

Absolutely! All you need to do is contact a Leucan Shaved Head Challenge employee. Everyone in your group can get his or her head shaved on June 12 at any Leucan Shaved Head Challenge sites, or at another date at the location of their choice. In either case, it is important for the person responsible for the group to make the necessary arrangements with a Leucan employee in the group's region.

What is the difference between a Leucan shaving site and a Personalized Challenge?

Leucan shaving sites are fully organized by Leucan which establishes, among other things, theplace and the date of the challenges. This type of challenge takes place in a public place to raise awareness to the cause of Leucan. Personalized Challenges offers more flexibility in choosing a date, time, and place. This type of event brings together colleagues, friends, students, and teachers—in short, people from all walks of life united in solidarity for children with cancer. Each member of the group canvasses to collect funds from their entourage. One of the essential criteria is that Leucan has the right to oversee the event while ensuring logistic support. To select this type of challenge, please contact your regional office.