Sponsored head shaving event raises money for breast cancer
Jun 29, 2011
Sue Potts of Caxton, U.K., organized a sponsored head shaving event to raise money for breast cancer, according to Cambridge News.
Potts received an abnormal test result following a routine mammogram. She underwent a biopsy, which determined that she did not have breast cancer. However, the experience inspired the 50-year-old woman, who works at the Waresley Park Garden Center, to raise money by shaving her head.
Wearing a ribbon that says 'Breast Cancer Care," Potts sat smiling on the lawn outside of her workplace and had her hair shaved completely. Potts' husband, Neil, had done the same as well to show his support.
"It’s so important to raise awareness of breast cancer and the work of our national charities, who help women and their families deal with physical and emotional scars that this disease creates. The day I went for the scan there was a horrible wait for the results, and for people to go through this is an ordeal," said Potts.
About one in eight women in developed countries like the U.S. and U.K. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Annual mammograms are crucial, especially for women over the age of 40.