Reepham woman's haircut to raise money for Cancer Research
PUBLISHED: 10:45 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:45 25 June 2013
A Reepham woman is planning to cut off her hair to raise money for Cancer Research.
The 15 inches of golden locks that Dawn Kilby, 25, from Reepham, will be cutting off will go towards making a wig for children who have lost their hair through cancer.
When just 17, Dawn was found to be carrying the same cancer gene which recently prompted Angelina Jolie to have a double mastectomy.
Everyone has the BRCA 1 gene but, when faulty, it can increase a woman’s chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer by up to 80pc.
There is a history of cancer in Dawn’s paternal female line, which prompted her father to recommend her for testing at 17.
Dawn said: “It was a surreal feeling getting told that I was a carrier, and when I was 20 I decided to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery to lower the risk of getting cancer.
“The 15 inches will go to the Little Princess Trust, and will be made into a wig.
“I’ve always had long hair, but knowing that it will go to make a little girl out there feel better about herself is a wonderful feeling.”
Dawn, who used to run Spotlights beauty salon on Theatre Street in Dereham, will have her hair cut by Sally Green, from Dereham, who has just undergone a period of chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.
Dawn said: “I would like to thank all of the Reepham businesses who have donated to the raffle that we are holding. We’ve had everything from beauty treatment vouchers to chocolates. I wanted to do this to raise awareness, and get the message across that this can happen to anyone. I’m amazed by how much support I’ve had.”
The cut will take place at 1:30pm in Kerri’s Farmhouse Pine, Reepham, on July 13. If you would like to donate to the raffle, call in to Kerri’s Farmhouse Pine, or Dawn has a JustGiving page http://www.justgiving.com/dawn-kilby.