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Hairdresser to shave head to show support

Kiandra Clarke will shave her head next month to signify her support for people with cancer.

IVY WISE February 27, 2014 10:20am

Kiandra Clarke got married in April last year and 6 weeks later lost her mother to cancer.She is raising money for the worlds greatest shave and will shave her head on March 22at the Harvest Hotel EchucaJL


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When Kiandra Clarke loses her long locks next month, it is likely to be an emotional experience.

Not because the hairdresser takes great pride in her hair, but because it will signify her support for people with cancer, particularly her mum who lost her battle with breast cancer last year.

Kiandra said she had wanted to do something like this for a long time and seeing her own mother, Debbie Weppner, battle cancer and lose her hair made her even more determined.

‘‘It was horrible to see Mum go through her treatment. She was doing so well at the start and staying positive, but was absolutely devastated when she lost her hair,’’ she said.

‘‘She wouldn’t come out of her room, let alone the house, as she didn’t want people looking at her and knowing she was sick.

‘‘The wig that she wore would get so hot and itchy and became irritating.

‘‘Mum would probably think I’m crazy for shaving my hair, but I kept saying to her ‘It’s only hair. Who cares?’’’

The 26-year-old Echuca resident will shave her head on March 22 as part of World’s Greatest Shave for a Cure.

She said her goal was to raise $4000 and was already half-way there.

‘‘The money will go towards research and assisting families dealing with blood cancer and other cancers,’’ she said.

Debbie fought the disease for 13 months.

Diagnosed in April 2012, the Colbinabbin mother of six underwent a double mastectomy, followed by countless rounds of chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, it was too late. The cancer had spread to her lungs.

Kiandra and her husband, Ash, who had planned to get married this year, decided to move up their wedding to April 2013 so Debbie could attend.

Despite Kiandra’s parents coming down with gastro the day before the wedding, they managed to make it to their daughter’s special day.

‘‘Neither of them were feeling that great and on top of that Mum being so sick,’’ Kiandra said.

‘‘She was going to leave after a few hours, but she ended up staying the whole night and even got up on the dance floor.

‘‘Having Mum there was very special.’’

That was the last time Kiandra saw her mum in such good spirits, as she died six weeks later.

She was 58.

Experiencing such tragedy had changed her as a person, Kiandra said.

‘‘You have to appreciate everything you’re given and don’t take things for granted,’’ she said.

Kiandra said she hoped the community would support her fundraising event, which will be held at the Harvest Hotel from 7pm.

‘‘I’m not just doing it for Mum. I’m doing it for everyone that has ever been affected by cancer. I don’t want anyone to go through what we went through,’’ she said.

The night will include a raffle and auction, with the shave to take place at 8.30pm.

People can donate online at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/kiandra or drop money into Colours Cuts and Curls in Lockington or Willow Tree Beauty Lounge in Echuca.

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