A good hair deed for people battling cancer TweetFacebookJacquelyn PokeFundraiserJACQUELYN Poke is a little girl with a big head of hair and an enormous heart.
The nine year old recently lopped off 40 centimetres of her glorious hair to help make wigs for cancer patients.
She set out to raise $1000 for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation too, but her efforts ended up raising more than $2500.
“I just wanted to help sick people feel more happy and normal,” Jacquelynsaid.
She was inspired to cut her hair and raise money by personal events.
Both of her great grandmothers had been affected by cancer. One had passed away from breast cancer, and the other had died of lung cancer before she was born.
But then her uncle was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, and she saw the effect the treatment had on him.
Jacquelyn’s father, Douglas, said she had watched her “fun loving” uncle become bid ridden, struggling to speak.
“I always loved playing games with my uncle Mark and he always spent time with us making sure we were having a good time,” she said.
“Now with his cancer, he can’t get out of bed, and can’t enjoy the games like we used to.
“His cancer is now too aggressive and can’tbe treated. This makes me very sad for someone who I love so much.”
Surrounded by family and friends, as well as a representative from the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, Jacquelyn recently cut off her hair in the hope it would help others going through cancer treatment.
It was the first time she had ever had a “proper” haircut, she said.
“I’ve pretty much been growing it since I was born. I’ve only ever really had a bit of a trim before this,” Jacquelyn said.
“It feels a little bit strange. I can’t stop swishingit around, it’s so much lighter,” she laughed.
Her uncle Mark had shaved his head in support on the same day. A wig maker based on the Central Coast now has the task of turning Jacquelyn’s hair into a wig, possibly several.
“I want to keep doing things for people who are sick, and helping them wherever I can.”
Her familyprovides presents for under-privileged children each Christmas, and Jacquelynoftendonates toys to the oncology ward at the John Hunter Hospital.
“Hopefully we will find a cure for cancer one day, but I have decided to help by raising funds to help those who are suffering,” she said.
Jacquelyn has begun growing her hair out again, and plans to cut it off for charity again in four year’s time.
To donate, visit give.everydayhero成都夜总会招聘/au/jackie-s-hair-donation.