Stylish idea helps Mum fight cancer

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Alexis Gill­ham

FOR Jody Lin­gard, the feel­ing was like a fish­ing line tug­ging on her chest.

But the re­al­ity of a breast cancer diagnosis hit the 37-year-old mother-of-three like a sledge­ham­mer.

Not only did she have a young fam­ily to sup­port, but now a raft of med­i­cal bills to pay.

That was in Jan­uary, but since then the Townsville woman has been thrown a life­line by friend and Rum Jun­gle Hair Stu­dio owner Donna Wil­son, who is do­nat­ing $ 1 from ev­ery hair­cut to Ms Lin­gard.

The gen­er­ous woman had only met Ms Lin­gard a month be­fore her diagnosis.

‘‘ I knew the fam­ily was strug­gling but I didn’t have money to give to help them,’’ Ms Wil­son said. ‘‘ I am do­nat­ing $ 1 from ev­ery hair­cut un­til Jody has fin­ished chemo­ther­apy.

‘‘ I saw the fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity spirit af­ter Cy­clone Yasi and I thought it would be a lot bet­ter if we in­volved the com­mu­nity.’’

While down­play­ing her own gen­eros­ity, Ms Wil­son’s car­ing attitude has not been missed by Ms Lin­gard.

‘‘ I met Donna on a camp­ing trip in De­cem­ber ( but) she has been amaz­ing with what she has done,’’ Ms Lin­gard said.

‘‘ She’s helped with a lot of lit­tle things as well.’’

Ms Lin­gard had a mas­tec­tomy ear­lier this year and is about to start 18 weeks of chemo­ther­apy.

‘‘ When I was di­ag­nosed I was dev­as­tated. I felt very lost,’’ she said

‘‘ I was a grade-three which is the most ag­gres­sive.

‘‘ My first thought was my daugh­ter who is only 11 . . . she has taken on my role so she will wake up early in the morn­ing and get the lunches.’’

GEN­ER­OUS: Jody Lin­gard who has been di­ag­nosed with breast cancer is be­ing helped by hair­dresser and friend Donna Wil­son who is do­nat­ing $ 1 from ev­ery hair­cut to Jody

Photo: ME­GAN TAY­LOR

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