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Hairy leg challenge

By Sharon Gray

Two medical students have come up with a unique way of raising awareness and funds about cervical cancer and the importance of regular screening.

They are dubbing February as “Feb-U-Hairy” month and challenging women and men to grow leg hair from Feb. 1-Feb. 26.

Kathleen Callanan and Angelique Myles, both first-year medical students at Memorial, came up with this fundraising idea and approached Planned Parenthood as a potential partner. “We received an enthusiastic response, and all funds raised will be donated to Planned Parenthood in support of their Pap clinics,” said Ms. Callanan.

She said the concept stems from the MOvember prostate cancer campaign, a successful fundraiser that encourages men to collect donations from sponsors in support of their efforts to grow facial hair during the month of November.

As a local sister campaign, “Feb-U-Hairy” encourages women (and men) to collect donations from sponsors in support of their leg hair growth. A registration form can be downloaded at, or for more information e-mail

A closing party for participants will be held Feb. 26 at the Loft on the third floor of the University Centre, with guest speakers and prizes.