A mis­sion to raise $10,000 for breast can­cer re­search

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MOST women wouldn’t dream of shav­ing their hair off but this will be the re­al­ity for for­mer Proser­pine res­i­dent Rhi­an­non Dansey who has made it her mis­sion to face the clip­pers to raise funds for breast can­cer re­search.

Ms Dansey grew up in Proser­pine and re­lo­cated to Townsville 12 months ago.

She said she was blessed with great health and well-be­ing and had made it her goal to give back to those who were not so for­tu­nate.

“I was per­son­ally touched af­ter los­ing my grand­fa­ther who sadly passed away af­ter an 18 month bat­tle with an ag­gres­sive can­cer,” she said.

“Within a short amount of time he be­came un­recog­nis­able from the healthy, witty man he once was.”

Ms Dansey said she was lucky enough to meet an amaz­ing young woman, Larissa Dave­son, who had pre­vi­ously fought breast can­cer and un- der­went a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy last year.

“Larissa is cur­rently con­tin­u­ing pro­ce­dures to have a breast re­con­struc­tion to en­able her to feel like ev­ery other woman...even af­ter los­ing her breasts in the fight to save her life, her at­ti­tude on life and her sick­ness is phe­nom­e­nal,” she said.

Ms Dansey’s stun­ning red hair is her most char­ac­ter­is­tic fea­ture and she is will­ing to give it all away to feel the same loss that many other women have to feel.

“I would love to fundraise $10,000 as it is the amount needed for a can­cer pa­tient’s breast re­duc­tion,” she said.

Ms Dansey has raised $2330 so far and will be shav­ing her hair at the River­side Tav­ern in Townsville on Fri­day, Au­gust 30. She will be do­nat­ing her hair to the Pantene Foun­da­tion who make wigs for can­cer pa­tients. To make a do­na­tion to her cause, visit http://give.ev­ery­day­hero.com.au/shedthered.

FUNDRAIS­ING MIS­SION: Breast can­cer sur­vivor Larissa Dave­son will be sup­port­ing her friend Rhi­an­non Dansey (pic­tured right) who will be shav­ing off her stun­ning red hair to raise funds and aware­ness for the Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia at the River­side Tav­ern on Fri­day, Au­gust 30.

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