People Are Shaving Their Heads For The 'Brave The Shave' Campaign To Support Those With Cancer

One woman recently cut off 40 inches of her hair. She hadn't cut it in 15 years.

Those who are affected by cancer often lose their hair because of harsh chemotherapy treatments. This can be a traumatic or difficult experience for some as many of us identify closely with our hair, and losing it can feel like losing a part of ourselves. To help support people with cancer who have lost their hair, friends, family members, and even strangers can take part in the Brave the Shave campaign

This campaign — put on by Macmillan Cancer Support — encourages people to shave their hair with friends and family sponsors, and to donate the locks to Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the U.K. and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.   


"By braving the shave you'll be helping people living with cancer take back control so they can start to feel like themselves again," is says on the Macmillan Cancer Support website. 

The Brave the Shave event typically takes place in August in the U.K., but people from around the world get involved all year round. 

This year, there have been over 11,000 people taking part.

The campaign has raised about $3,000,000 so far.

One donor, whose story recently went viral, is Terri-Louise Anderson, a self-described Rapunzel. She hadn't cut her hair in 15 years, but cut off 40 inches to help raise over $5,000 for the cause.

She wrote on Instagram, "Thank you to everyone who has supported me and made a donation, great or small, every donation was appreciated. The generosity of some people was overwhelming, it seems to come from places that are the least expected, for that I love and thank you."

Other shavers include Vernon Pratt, who raised almost $8,000, and Sharon McConnell who raised over $5,000. She wrote on her donor page, "I am doing Brave The Shave as I know a lot of people who are suffering with cancer and lots who have passed with the disease I hope what I raise can help a few people in some way."

Check out the video below to see more about the 'Brave the Shave' campaign:

(H/T: Allure)


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