Col­league in close shave

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

A Kar­ratha real es­tate agent will take the plunge and shave her head next month in sup­port of her friend and col­league, who was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 2013.

North West Realty prop­erty depart­ment head Adele Murtagh will take the step for the World’s Great­est Shave at 11am on March 31 out­side the Hed­land Place busi­ness.

Her col­leagues will also join in the fundrais­ing ef­forts by colour­ing their hair, spurred on by busi­ness op­er­a­tions man­ager Marie Chandler, who has en­dured a two-year bat­tle with the blood can­cer.

Ms Murtagh said sup­port­ing a col­league who was “like a sis­ter” was worth los­ing hair over.

“I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to it — I ap­proached my part­ner about it and he is over the moon,” she said.

“I have been told I look good with­out hair, so it will be in­ter­est­ing.

“Marie is like a sis­ter to me so the more I can push it, the more we can get it out there. “It all helps.” Mrs Chandler was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia af­ter go­ing in for a rou­tine blood test when she was feel­ing un­der the weather.

“No one could know how it feels when you do ac­tu­ally lose your hair … then los­ing your eye­brows, your eye­lashes, you re­ally do look sick,” she said.

“Af­ter two years of chemo, ra­dio­ther­apy, bone mar­row trans­plant, things like that — af­ter all the ups and downs you think ev­ery­thing should be on the way up, but it’s not.

“I do have grand­chil­dren so that fo­cuses me more on their fu­ture — I want to see them grow up.

“There’s lots to look for­ward to.”

Mrs Chandler said the over­whelm­ing sup­port had given her a con­stant boost through the treat­ment process.

The event will be open to the pub­lic and Ms Murtagh en­cour­aged as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to go along and watch or take part in the shave.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Fiona Guest, Olivia Hen­nessy, Adele Murtagh, Glenda Jones and Marie Chandler.

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