A DUNS woman who was diagnosed with cancer just after her 40th birthday is planning to shave off her hair to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Moira Taylor-Smith discovered she had cancer in 2008 and says the help she received during her illness from Macmillan was “fabulous”. She now wants to help raise money for the organisation so other sufferers can be helped.
Moira explained: “Strange as it may seem getting the final diagnosis wasn’t the scary bit for me - it was going through the process of diagnosis. I was so on edge not knowing what the outcome was going to be and not knowing what would happen next and when.
“I can honestly say though that one organisation were fabulous. MacMillan. They gave me so much help. They helped me understand what was going on. They attended clinical meetings and fed back decisions to me.
“I could phone them at any time and they were always helpful both emotionally and practically. They even gave me a grant when money was low after I stopped being paid by my employers.
“Thankfully, I have now fully recovered and I want to raise money to support them so they can help others with cancer.
“I am going to shave off my hair on Friday, June 1, to raise money for Macmillan. I was very lucky that the surgery I had to remove half of my left lung dealt with all the cancer and I didn’t need chemotherapy. Many people with cancer do need chemotherapy and lose their hair as a consequence. I am very lucky to get to do this through choice.
“That being the case it is, however, still a big thing for me to do. I like my hair and it’s quite a thought to not have it any more so I want to raise as much money as I can when I shave it off to help with the wonderful work that MacMillan do.”
To help Moira raise money you can text FWME87 plus the amount you wish to give to 70070. Sponsor sheets are located in the following premises in Duns - Romanes, Number 18, Merlin Vet Group, Duns Parish Church, Cool Cuts, and Jennifer Turner Hairdressing Chirnside.