New Hamburg woman donates “locks of love” for fellow employee undergoing cancer treatment

Claudia Cormier cuts through one of four, 15-inch ponytails of her sister-in-law Doris Weicker's hair Thursday morning at the Maple Leaf Poultry plant in New Hamburg. The hair is going to Locks of Love to make wigs for people undergoing treatment for cancer, including a fellow employee at Maple Leaf.

Doris Weicker is often the first person to organize a card, cake, or gathering when another employee is having a birthday, retiring, getting married or having a baby.

So when a fellow employee at the New Hamburg Maple Leaf Poultry processing facility was diagnosed with cancer, Weicker immediately stepped in to offer help.

On Thursday morning she collected $850 in bids from friends and fellow employees. The highest bidder won the chance to cut her hair. Her 15-inches of shiny, auburn hair will be sent to children’s cancer support agency Locks of Love to make two wigs, one for a boy and one for Owen Bou, the co-worker Weicker has been visiting once a week as she undergoes chemotherapy.

Bou and her husband both work at Maple Leaf and in the seven months since her diagnosis and treatment, he’s taken several days off work to be by his wife’s side.

“They both had to take quite a bit of time off so this money is helping to pay the bills,” Weicker says, holding pictures of Owen in hospital. “She’s doing very good on this last treatment so we’re thinking positive.”

Helping people Weicker cares about runs in the family. Her twin, six-year-old granddaughters Amara and Jayda Primmer were there for the haircut, offering to paint anyone’s nails for a toonie donation. The twins also stuffed a jar with jellybeans and were asking for donations to guess the amount and win the jar full.

As Weicker was about to announce the winning bidder, her sister-in-law Claudia Courmier waved a $100 bill to claim the opportunity to work the scissors.

The small crowd of employees applauded and within minutes Weicker was sporting a tightly-cropped new do.

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