After years of charity runs, Fiona Kemp decided to go a cut above and shave off her trademark golden locks to raise much needed funds for cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Fiona said her decision to shave her head was inspired by two important people in her life, her best friend Kristina and Kristina’s sister Marie.
In February this year, shortly after buying her first house, Kristina was diagnosed with a very rare form of breast cancer.
Months later in July, Kristina’s sister Marie was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer.
Both sisters were in their 30’s and were busy lawyers, and both lives were put on hold to endure months of tough chemotherapy.
Fiona says all three women were adamant that funds raised should be directed towards medical research.
“Research is absolutely vital for a number of reasons,” Fiona says.
“Kristina has met so many young breast cancer survivors and tells me that a common fear is that their cancer will return. She believes that more research is required to understand why breast cancer recurs and to better understand how recurrence can be stopped.”
“The other fear is that if it spreads, there is currently no cure for metastatic breast cancer and that is a scary proposition and one which deserves much more attention from researchers.”
Fiona was hoping to raise $7,500 before ‘the big shave’, but ultimately raised more than $17,500 thanks to the generous support of friends and family.
If you would like to contribute, Fiona is still gratefully accepting donations at: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/goodbye-golden-locks