The Courier-Mail

HAWKINS ON EDGE OVER MUM’S FIGHT

- ELLE HALLIWELL

FASHION will be the furthest thing from Jennifer Hawkins’ mind when she takes to the Myer runway tomorrow, with news her mum is battling cancer.

Hawkins’ mother Gail was diagnosed with kidney cancer last week and will undergo surgery tomorrow morning, just hours before Hawkins’ appearance at the department store’s spring/ summer 2015 parade in Sydney.

It is understood tomorrow was the earliest time that doctors could conduct the operation, which will involve the removal of a kidney.

Hawkins will continue to honour her work commitment­s with Myer, which has shifted her appearance schedule so that she can spend more time with her family.

Hawkins is expected to return to her hometown of Holmesvill­e with husband Jake Wall tonight to be by her mother’s side before the operation, and will return to Sydney later in the afternoon to prepare for her runway appearance.

“Jen and her family are shocked at the news but know that Gail is in the best of hands with the cancer team at Newcastle Private Hospital,” Hawkins’ manager Sean Anderson told The Courier-Mail.

“The Myer team have been incredibly supportive and have shown great flexibilit­y in re-scheduling some of her spring/summer parade commitment­s this week so she can be with her family, which is her No.1 priority.”

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