Entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson, and Country star Brett Kissel are joining creative forces to encourage the public to support the hundreds of thousands of Canadians battling cancer each year.
The partnership came about after Wilson heard “I Didn’t Fall in Love With Your Hair”— a song on Kissel’s newest album. The emotional song, which tells the story of enduring love through a battle with cancer, struck a deep chord with Wilson.
Until October 28, proceeds from downloads of “I Didn’t Fall in Love With Your Hair” will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. During this time, Wilson will match the money raised through song sales up to $25,000.
“I’ve now battled cancer twice and the reasons I’ve survived were the abundance of care from the people around me, and surrounding myself with music and movies that inspired me to cheer, to laugh and to cry,” says Wilson. “This partnership with Brett and the Canadian Cancer Society gives Canadians a chance to support their friends, family, and others in the larger community who are battling cancer on any given day by offering them the truly healing gift of music. The message is simple—whether your hair is here or gone—you’re loved. Sometimes that’s the best medicine of all.”
Kissel also has a personal relationship with cancer. His mother Brenda has had cancer several times, enduring more than 40 surgeries. “It’s a special song for my mom and it gives a lot of hope to people across Canada,” says Kissel. “It’ll make you think about those who you love, and what might happen if you found yourself in that situation. Whether you’re young or old, it’s a song that has such a strong and positive message and I am very proud to be the guy to bring that message to the public.”
To get involved, visit bit.do/BrettKissel and purchase the single “I Didn’t Fall in Love With Your Hair” between now and October 28.
From coast-to-coast, the Canadian Cancer Society is making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families through world-class research and support programs that help people when they are feeling scared and alone, according to Annual Giving Coordinator Jenn Smith.
“It’s about life, not cancer, and the Society is dedicated to pushing this message forward,” she adds.
“Residents near and far are encouraged to call the Society (1-888-939-3333) to connect with an expert who can help answer questions on 200+ types of cancer,” she said. “And at the local Cranbrook office, we offer further support at the ground level through many ways, including free wigs and breast prosthesis for the community.”
The Society is open to independent ideas that raise funds and awareness for cancer research and support programming. Residents with a drive to start up an independent fundraiser for the Society are encouraged to contact the Cranbrook office, located at 105 9th Ave. South or call 250-426-8916.