Shaving to keep a promise for her late nan
WHEN Amba Wogandt’s nan Margaret Lynam was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 she was devastated to lose her hair.
Then 13-year-old Miss Wogandt made a promise she’d shave her hair to help her nan through treatment.
Her nan passed away in 2016 and in April the same year her dad was diagnosed with the same cancer, small-cell carcinoma.
“When I found out dad had cancer it was just a big shock to know we’d just gone through it with nan, and we’d had to go through it again,” she said.
“It is one of the rarest cancers, so for both of the sides of my families to have it was a really rare case.”
Now 16, the Year 11 Stanthorpe State High School student is raising funds for Cancer Council by shaving her hair.
“I remember when (nan) first got cancer she started chemotherapy... her looks were always very special to her, so when she started losing her hair she got upset about it,” she said.
“I always told her I would shave my hair to help her get through it, I never got around to it and I just decided one day to do it.”
Miss Wogandt aims to raise $800 which will help support counselling services offered through the Cancer Council.
“Just to spread the word that (cancer) is a big thing and it does affect so many people, especially in small towns people don’t realise it does affect more people than you do know.”
So far she has raised nearly $250. Miss Wogandt will shave her hair on January 6 which marks two years since her dad passed. ■ Help support Amba by donating in person at the Central Hotel bistro or online at doitforcancer. com.au/fundraiser/ ambawogandt.
FUNDRAISING: Amba Wogandt prepares to support shave for a cure.