I was hoping to look somewhat bald in the above photo, but it didn’t quite work out and photoshop really isn’t my jam. Having said that, there is the #NoHairSelfie app which allows you to virtually shave your head, so scroll down to see APObuzzcut. This was my very first time with no hair (since I was baby, obviously) and well, I look pretty much exactly how I imagined I would. Try it yourself for a giggle.

As World Cancer Day approaches on February 4th, we are reminded of how cancer is a global and also very personal problem for those who have been effected. This year alone, 15 million people have been diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Although I struggle to wrap my head around the magnitude of such a number, World Cancer Day hits very close to home this year because my family and I lost our Grandma to pancreatic cancer.

There are many things that remind me of my grandma. I think of her pretty much every time I sit down for a cup of tea. Whenever I eat ice cream, I remember how she ate ice cream for dessert daily after lunch and dinner in the later years of her life because she liked it, so why not? As a kid I grew up in northern BC, so trips to Vancouver always meant we were going to see grandma and grandpa. Therefore, the ocean always reminds me of them – flowers too – they always had the best gardens.

When it comes to a problem as vast as cancer (the number of those diagnosed yearly is projected to increase from 15 to 22 million by 2030) it is easy to feel overwhelmed and to look the other way. Although I have heard endless stories of heartbreak, it wasn’t until this year that I felt it directly. My grandma was fortunate to have lived a long, wonderful life before the illness took her, but many are not so lucky. I really can’t imagine what it must feel like for someone who is young to hear the words ,”you have cancer”.

The more time I spend working my blog and the more presence that APOE has (although very small compared to some), I realize that it’s sometimes important to touch upon things that may not be fashion related, but are still important to address. For this reason, I have teamed up with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation to share the first ever global digital fundraising campaign supporting World Cancer Day.

By downloading the #NoHairSelfie app and sharing your virtual head shave, you are showing your support for those undergoing cancer treatment, as well as helping to raise funds for cancer research. By participating in the campaign, any funds you raise will go directly to critical research to help increase the chances of survivorship. So download the app, take your selfie and make a donation to help support those 15 million people who have been diagnosed this year, as well as all those who came before them.

Don’t forget to scroll down to see my #NoHairSelfie! I’m working on an even better one coming your way on World Cancer Day (February 4th). You can shave your head in real life too! Buzz off cancer.

This blog post was sponsored by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.