This is my good friend Hazel, and together, we are shaving our heads for the New Zealand Cancer Society, and our mums. On Saturday 11 November, around 7pm at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club, we are braving the shave and donating our locks to become wigs.
This is a very personal journey for both Hazel and I.
Her mum, Tania, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but fingers crossed she has kicked this awful disease’s butt! With the heart of gold that she has, Hazel wanted to help others and raise vital funds for an organisation that has given her family fantastic support over the last year.
For me, it is about supporting my young friend, and empathising with her family, and what they have gone through these last 12 months. My family lost our mum, Kay Richards, in 2009 to this devastating disease. The gaping hole that my mum left behind is as raw now as it was the day she passed away.
Shaving my head won’t bring her back, but this is helping me with my grieving process, allowing me to thank the Cancer Society and our local community for their support, to raise funds and awareness, and to celebrate that hopefully Hazel and her family don’t have to worry about this dreadful disease again. To read more, visit our fundraising page: bravetheshave.everydayhero.com/nz/team-hazel-and-emma