Port Lincoln Mother and daughter shine light on lung cancer

A promise made three years ago by a local mother and daughter to shave their heads and raise money for the Australian Lung Foundation has come to fruition.

Jo Utting was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago and after three rounds of radiotherapy she is now on her second round of chemotherapy.

To raise awareness and shine a light on the disease Ms Utting and her daughter Alex vowed to shave their heads once she began to lose her hair.

Ms Utting said there was something about cancer that brought everything into perspective, including her hair.

“We’re very lucky that we live in a small city like this that rallies around it (fundraising),” she said.

“I’m proud of her (Alex)...as a 21-year-old girl it’s one thing to say it but it’s another thing to carry through with it and she’s been great support in general, she helps as much as she can.”

Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer in Australia, with one Australian dying ever hour from the disease.

Despite the prevalence of the disease it receives little funding because of its association with tobacco smoking.

The pair set a target of $500, but have managed to raise more than four times their target at $2405 after only beginning the campaign two weeks ago.

Alex Utting said before the shave she was nervous to lose her hair but it was all for a good cause.

“I said when mum was diagnosed three years ago that when she lost it, I’ll shave my head too,” she said.

“It’s awesome to raise awareness and money for it…I’m really happy with the turn out, it’s better than I ever thought it would be.”

The Hotel Boston Social Club donated $250 towards the cause on Sunday, before Pat O’Sullivan and Troy King also decided to shave their heads to help the fundraising effort.

All proceeds will help the Lung Foundation’s research efforts for the 34 Australians a day that are diagnosed with the disease.

To donate to the campaign visit the Shine a Light on lung cancer fundraiser page.