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Ashleigh shaves head for solidarity with cancer patient mum

Sarah Keayes

WHEN Ashleigh Greiner found out her mum, Christine Greiner, had been diagnosed with two malignant brain tumours, she vowed to shave her head in solidarity with her mum, if it ever came to that.

"I kind of made a deal with her that when and if she started losing her hair I would shave my head in support," Ashleigh said.

Before the shave: Ashleigh Greiner
Before the shave: Ashleigh Greiner

It was a tough vow to make for a professional hairdresser, but two weeks ago Ashleigh held true to her promise and raised a good deal of money for the Cure Brain Cancer foundation in the process.

Support Ashleigh's fundraising campaign

"There was so many things going through my head, it was an extremely emotional night," she said.

"All I could think of was my mum and the fact that she doesn't have a choice to lose her hair. It's just extremely overwhelming the amount of money and support I had."

Ashleigh's fundraising goal was initially $1000, but after a staggering show of support in the first 24 hours, that figure was increased to $5000.

"Initially I only picked $1000, but within 24 hours I had already exceeded that so I had to up it quite a few times."

The money Ashleigh raises through her everyday hero appeal will go towards brain cancer research to help increase the five year survival rate after diagnosis to 50% within 10 years.

About Ashleigh's mum

SHE is a Lennox Head local and mother of three, including Ashleigh.

She has been an active member of the Lennox Head Football club and has held various positions including secretary for nearly a decade.

In recognition for her service to the club Christine won the Northern NSW Football Volunteer of the month in July 2012.

In June she was diagnosed with two malignant brain tumours.

Just one week before her diagnosis, Christine completed the 35km Byron Bay to Ballina Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter walk.

Topics:  cancer



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