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Siblings to shave for family, unit

Deniliquin siblings Tim Maher, Simon Maher and Renee Beehag plan to shave their hair to raise funds for the Deniliquin Oncology Outreach Unit.

CASS SAVELLIS July 4, 2014 3:24am

Tim Maher, Simon Maher and Renee Beehag prepare to lose their hair to raise money for local cancer sufferers.

Renee Beehag and her brothers Tim and Simon Maher will brave the cold and shave their hair to raise funds for the Deniliquin Oncology Outreach Unit.

The siblings, whose parents are Pat and Terry Maher, will mark the occasion with a fundraising event at Deniliquin Bakery on August 17.

Renee and Tim will lose their locks, while Simon will shave his beard.

Although the fundraiser was initially the result of their mother’s battle with cancer, they say the event is dedicated to all people who have and will benefit from access to the oncology unit.

‘‘We all know people in the community battling cancer and this is our way to show we support them,’’ Simon said.

‘‘Every person you talk to knows someone who has been affected by it.’’

Tim said the oncology unit was vital to cut down travel time and expenses for those needing treatment in the local area.

‘‘Everyone who needed treatment had to go to Albury/Wodonga. Having a facility here makes it much easier on them,’’ he said.

‘‘The last thing you want to do when you’re suffering from cancer is travel all that way and back for treatment,’’ Renee added.

The Deniliquin Oncology Outreach Unit opened in April last year, offering a chemotherapy service every Wednesday and a bi-monthly oncologist visit.

The unit is for eligible patients treated by Border Medical Oncology (BMO) in Wodonga.

Donations can be made at Deniliquin Bakery, Deniliquin Hospital reception or by contacting Renee on 0427749879.

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