LYN Lemmey-Secker will shave her head next month to raised money for Rare Cancers Australia, inspired by a friend who is living with rare cancer.
One of her closest friends, Gill Churchett, has lived with a rare form of cancer known as Thymoma since 2004.
“Gill and her husband have lived on the Eyre Peninsula since 1992, and through their work in health and the police force, have supported their communities selflessly,” Ms Lemmey-Secker.
“Gill’s ability to undertake every challenge with positivity while empowering others is inspirational.
“Having witnessed Gill and her family’s journey, whilst learning how rare cancers are so unsupported, is why I have chosen to shave my hair for charity.”
I wanted to shave in support of my friend but also to get the awareness out there because (rare cancers) don’t get any attention.
Ms Lemmey-Secker said her friend was humbled by the support and was looking forward to seeing how the money and awareness raised would help other people.
”All she wants is awareness.”
Money raised will be donated to Rare Cancers Australia to help bring awareness and support those living with a rare or less common cancer.
Ms Lemmey-Secker said Rare Cancers Australia was established in 2012 to help the 42,000 people diagnosed with a rare form of cancer each year.
“Rare cancers have a poor rate of survival and tend to be unsupported by governments when it comes to funding.”
She said the not-for-profit organisation assisted people, in part, to get support with treatment not available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, improve awareness and help to fund research into the forgotten cancers.
”I wanted to shave in support of my friend but also to get the awareness out there because (rare cancers) don’t get any attention.”
She raised $1000 in the first two days of fundraising, which is already more than halfway to her goal of $2000.
“Any donation no matter how small is going to be helpful and anything over $2 is tax deductible.”
Ms Lemmey-Secker will shave her head on Friday, November 25 at Shearing Quarters in Cummins at 5.30pm and anyone is welcome to go along.
To donate, go to www.rarecancers.org.au/my-fundraising/319/lemmey-goes-bald-for-gill-churchett