Watch as mum-of-two shaves off all hair for Macmillan in touching tribute to loved ones who suffered from cancer
Lisa Marie Shilling, 42, braved the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday, February 14 in honour of those close to her who have been affected by the disease.
Lisa’s mum, who was first diagnosed with cancer around three years ago, is now battling the disease for the third time and in 2019 her aunt sadly passed away after a sudden diagnosis.
On Sunday, February 16, just two days after she had shaved her hair, Lisa received the “devastating” news that a close friend had died of stomach cancer.
“I did this for all of them, for every person who has suffered cancer,” she said.
As well as hoping to raise £100 for Macmillan Lisa is donating her hair – which she had been growing for five years - to the Little Princess Trust.
Founded in memory of five-year-old Hannah Tarplee in 2005, the charity has supplied more than 8,000 free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.
“Over the weekend I have had a lot of people asking me about my ‘treatment’, I’ve had a small taste of how it feels,” said Lisa.
“People don’t understand the consequences of it. I want to get that point across and raise awareness of the stigma.
“People ask why I did it, but I can always grow mine back. What about the kids with cancer who can’t?”
Lisa's family and friends gathered at her mum’s house to offer moral support as her long locks were shaved off at 5pm on Friday.
Despite fears that her mum would be too poorly to attend she managed to be there to cheer on her daughter.
“It went so well, I couldn’t have asked for more support,” added Lisa.
“Mum was so proud, but I’m just as proud of her as she was of me. It means a lot that we have got that memory together.”