Christine going under clippers to help a mate
IT WAS the sudden illness of her friend that spurred Christine Glacken to make a drastic change.
The Moore Park woman has decided to shave off her locks this month for the McGrath Foundation and in support of Shari French, who has just finished her last round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago.
"Shari and I met when I first moved to Moore Park. She was diagnosed in April and had her surgery in May," Ms Glacken said.
"Shaving my hair off has always been on my bucket list ever since my cousin was diagnosed and had both her breasts removed 10 years ago. When I met Shari and she was diagnosed, I just knew that I was going to do it."
Shari French, who is a registered nurse in chemotherapy, said being a patient was very different to giving treatment.
"It is just a whole other experience receiving chemotherapy. You can't possibly know how the patient feels until you experience it for yourself," she said.
"You get numbness in your fingers and toes, rashes, all your hair falls out and you get very spacey. It is very debilitating."
Ms French said during her chemotherapy treatment, Ms Glacken made a promise with her that she would shave all of her hair off if Ms French lost her own in the process.
"I was two weeks into treatment and started losing all of my hair. I remember saying to Christine, well mate, it looks like yours is going now too," she said.
Ms Glacken said she had no fears about the shave and felt honoured to be supporting her friend and raising money for a good cause.
"Shari and I have both bonded so much since her diagnoses. Myself and another friend of hers, Vicki, have tried to be there for her every step of the way," she said.
"I am not scared about shaving my head.
"I am quite looking forward to it, I need a bit of a haircut and it is just in time for summer!"
Ms Glacken will be holding her fundraising event called "Chrissy's Big Shave" at Moore Park Beach Tavern on Saturday, November 14 from 2pm.
"There will be raffles, a sausage sizzle and more so we urge everyone to come along and help us raise some money," she said.