Mum’s the word in shave

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch - Lau­ren Pi­lat

KAYLA Pel­le­grini’s pas­sion to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of can­cer pa­tients such as her mother trumped her ner­vous­ness at los­ing her hair.

The Year 8 Ash­dale Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent had her head shaved in front of hun­dreds of her school­mates to raise money for Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Kayla (13) took part in the 20th an­niver­sary of the World’s Great­est Shave on March 14 in trib­ute to her mother Sally Pel­le­grini, who was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in De­cem­ber 2016. She raised more than $4000. Kayla said al­though she was ner­vous be­fore hav­ing her shoul­der-length locks shaved off, she now em­braced her new look.

“I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of peo­ple go­ing through can­cer treat­ment, like what my mum went through. I will em­brace my fresh new look but I will be wear­ing bean­ies when it’s cold,” she said.

“It’s re­ally light but it feels weird and peo­ple say it suits me.”

Mrs Pel­le­grini’s can­cer treat­ment in­cluded lumpec­tomy, chemo­ther­apy, ra­di­a­tion and hor­mone therapy.

More than a year on from her di­ag­no­sis, the Lands­dale res­i­dent said she now felt great, with her fol­low up mam­mo­gram in De­cem­ber 2017 all clear.

“I only lost some of my hair as I did the ‘Cold Cap Therapy’. It thinned out but is grow­ing back now,” she said.

“I am in awe of Kayla; to do this off her own back and be so de­ter­mined was an in­spi­ra­tion and it gives me enor­mous pride.”

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Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Kayla and Sally Pel­le­grini. d480637

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