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Friends to have heads shaved to raise money for York Against Cancer
TWO women are preparing to lose their locks to raise funds for the charity which supported their friend through breast cancer.
Lizzy Townend and Laura Cummins were inspired to have their heads shaved after witnessing their friend, Kim Storey battle with the disease.
The pair, who live in Nawton, said they wanted to do something to raise funds for York Against Cancer which helped Kim who is currently in remission.
“Kim is a really good friend who I have known since we were at school and our families spent a lot of time together,” Lizzy said.
“Both Laura and I have seen Kim battle with breast cancer, losing a lot of her hair, including her eyebrows and eyelashes, but she has been really strong throughout it all.”
Lizzy said she wanted to do something to support Kim and when she saw popstar Jessie J have her head shaved for Comic Relief she decided to do the same.
“Laura also has a history of breast cancer in her family so she agreed to do it as well and Kim suggested we raise funds for York Against Cancer as they had given her so much support,” she said.
“We are both a bit nervous but the hair will always grow back – it will be worth it.”
Kim, who is 26 and lives in Kirkbymoorside, was diagnosed with breast cancer last June after finding a hard lump.
“It was very shocking and very scary as I was so young but the treatment started very quickly,” she said.
“I was advised to have both breasts removed to get rid of the chances of the cancer coming back again and after going through chemotherapy I certainly didn’t want to go through it again.”
Kim, who has a six-year-old son, Christopher, said following the surgery she had 14 lymph nodes removed in January as one showed signs of cancer, followed by two weeks of radiotherapy at Leeds General Infirmary.
“The treatment finished at the end of March and I have now been diagnosed as in remission and I am waiting for reconstruction surgery as well as undergoing checks every six months,” she said.
“Finally, I am starting to feel a bit more human and although I stillfeel tired, I am starting to feel like a normal 26-year-old again.”
Kim said she wanted to encourage other women to check themselves on a regular basis.
“Now when I see people, even at the school gates, I tell them to remind their mothers and daughters to check themselves and go to the doctors if they are worried about anything,” she said.
“It is not always cancer but if you don’t do something about it, things could get a lot worse.”
Kim said she wanted to thank her family and friends and everyone who had been such a support.
“The staff at York Hospital were absolutely fantastic. I just couldn’t tell them how marvellous they were,” she said.
“I want to say a massive thank-you to everyone who has helped me through this.”
Kim said she would be supporting Lizzy and Laura on Monday at 7.30pm when they face the scissors at Goodies in Kirkbymoorside.
“It is brilliant what they are doing and a really good way of raising money,” she said.
“I am immensely proud of both of them and what they are doing. It’s a scary thought losing your hair but at the end of the day it is just hair.”
Anyone who would like to support Lizzy and Laura can do so be visiting
Sponsorship forms are also available at Goodies and Baines in Kirkbymoorside.
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