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Local Woman to “Brave The Shave” for Macmillan Cancer Support

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In a bid to raise money for the well known charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, Ballymoney woman Emma Wilson has decided to shave her head.

Mrs Wilson hopes to raise £1,000 by 18th August and is already well on the way with £390 raised so far.

Emma has explained her reason for undergoing this challenge was mainly to support her friend Catherine who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, saying:

“A few months back a wonderful friend of mine was facing losing her hair due to treatment for breast cancer and straight away I decided that I wanted to do something to show her my support. Knowing like me her hair is her ‘mask’, a part of her she loves and having her hair ‘ready’ meant she was ready to face the day.”

“Losing her lovely long hair was going to be devastating, so I decided to get mine chopped short once her chemo was done and we would have matching haircuts as hers grew back. And by donating my ponytail I would be able to help others in the same situation as her. Now a few months down the line and her hair is gone, not to mention everything else she is having to face.”

“I want to be able to do more for her but I can’t…….no matter how much I want to share her burden, I can’t……….then a week or so back I saw a post on Facebook about Brave the Shave and I knew I had to go for it. I can do this one wee thing, though a drop in the ocean compared to what she is facing right now, hopefully it means that at least in this one thing she doesn’t feel so alone and she knows that I am with her every step of the way. ”

Emma continued to explain her family’s history with the disease, saying, “I am delighted to be able to raise money for Macmillan as cancer has affected so many people I love. As well as my friend, my Dad is fighting cancer (myeloma) and faces the treatments with such strength.”

“He really is amazing and is reminding me all over again why he was my hero when I was a kid. Very recently we lost my lovely wee Granny (Mushy) to cancer and though my heart will never be quite the same I am proud to say that watching her in her last few weeks and months has inspired me to be braver, be better and most of all live my life for others as she did.”

“Our family also lost my Uncle Hugh and Great Granny to cancer plus I have an aunt and an uncle fighting it at the moment, so I know how important it is to raise much needed funds.

Emma’s fundraising profile can be accessed by following this link: https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/emma-wilson/

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