Shav­ing to keep a prom­ise for her late nan

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

FUNDRAIS­ING: Amba Wo­gandt pre­pares to sup­port shave for a cure.

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