"Shave My Locks"
Suzette has decided that she wants to cut off her beautiful hair and donate it to be made into a wig and then she is shaving the rest and raising funds and awareness for the Whole Lotta Life Foundation. Here is her story:
I came to New Zealand 4 ½ years ago, leaving my family and friends back in Sri Lanka in order to work as a Montessori Co-Directress at Stoke Montessori in Nelson. My time year has been amazing learning curve for me, filled with fun, laughter, tears and many challenges as well.
The greatest of these challenges came about 6 months ago, when my sister discovered a lump in her breast. She had to undergo tests, biopsies and surgery as doctors suspected it to be cancerous. The month following this discovery and her call to tell me about it, was extremely long and drawn out. After the initial shock, all I could think of was, if I had sufficient funds to go back if the results came back positive. I cannot start to even imagine what she felt and went through emotionally. She later told me that it was shock, then breakdown followed by acceptance and calmness was how it went for her. For the first time in my life, I realized how close to home the cruel and vile arm of cancer had reached.
Being a Christian I did the only thing I knew. I prayed; for her, the rest of my family, the doctors and me, mainly to give us all the strength to get through it and also for my sisters healing. Thankfully the cells that could have turned into cancer was removed, but she is now required to have annual checks for cancer.
During this time it made me realize how vulnerable and helpless we can be in a time of crisis. It made me think about all the people who had cancer and what they may be going through. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fathom it; but I the feelings of helplessness, loneliness, fear, vulnerability are nothing new to me as I dealt with them time and time again as I’ve been away from those familiar faces I grew up with.
This is what has driven me to donate my hair to be made into a wig for a cancer patient, with the hope that it might bring them some joy and beauty; and shave the rest of my hair to raise funds for the Whole Lotta Life Foundation which is a charity trust done by my friend Kristin Paterson, who is a cancer survivor herself. The foundation helps young cancer patients get through these tough times because they will have someone to talk to, who understands what they are going through.
This is my way of helping and touching as many lives as possible. If you find it in your heart to support and sponsor me feel free to click on the link below and make a contribution no matter how small, it will be greatly appreciated. You generosity will help someone get through some tough times.
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