A fundraising event raised more than $14,000 for cancer patient and Benalla mother Kate Wagner.RIAHN SMITH June 11, 2014 3:07am
Kate Wagner's friends and family shaved their heads on Sunday to raise money for the mother battling stage four metastatic melanoma.
The plight of young Benalla mother Kate Wagner has spread far beyond her home town.
International hotel chains and chocolate companies, as well as several local stores, are among the businesses who have jumped on board to help support Mrs Wagner’s family.
Mrs Wagner, 33, was diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma last July, one week after giving birth to her son Maclan.
After doctors found two tumours in her brain and two in her right lung she had two craniotomies and whole-brain radiation.
Earlier this month, a host of generally donated items — including packages from Ibis Hotels and Lindt chocolate — were auctioned at a fundraising day at the Farmers’ Arms Hotel.
Friend, neighbour and event organiser Julie Harrison said the ‘Shave or Colour for Kate’ event was a huge success.
Ms Harrison said about 50 people turned out to support Mrs Wagner, with more people shaving their heads than expected.
‘‘It was excellent, there were already eight going to do it so we shaved their heads, but there were a few extras who came up,’’ she said.
‘‘People just kept rolling up to get their heads shaved or paying money towards it.
‘‘I think I raised over $1500 for shaving mine, and one of the other girls got about $1600 for shaving hers.’’
The event raised $14,827.30 for the Wagner family.
Among those who shaved their heads were Mrs Wagner’s step-daughter Lizzy Wagner and her mother Lois Jackson.
Ms Harrison said Mrs Wagner was overwhelmed by the efforts made in her name.
‘‘It was an emotional day, she cried most of the day,’’ Ms Harrison said.
‘‘She said the support was fantastic.’’
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