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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Cumbrian mum faces cancer battle head-on

A brave mum-of-two is tackling cancer by having all her hair shaved off to raise funds for fellow patients.

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Wendy Cromar

Wendy Cromar, of Harraby in Carlisle, was in Diva’s hair and beauty salon at tea-time yesterday having her head shaved to raise in the region of £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief – just hours after her last session of radiotherapy at the city’s Cumberland Infirmary.

Wendy, who is mum to 11-year-old Liam and seven-year-old Max, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in April. Doctors performed a hysterectomy and removed Wendy’s lymph nodes after the diagnosis.

After being given the all-clear, Wendy was told in August the cancer had returned.

She spent five weeks in hospital before she was well enough to undergo weekly chemotherapy and daily radiotherapy sessions at the Carlisle hospital – the last one was yesterday.

It is not the end of her treatment, with further radiotherapy sessions due to start in Newcastle next week.

Wendy, who is living with her parents Billy and Wendy in Semple Road while she has treatment, said: “From day one when I was diagnosed I said I wanted to get my head shaved.

“I used to have long hair but it has been snapping off over the last few months so it is now quite short.

“The boys have been brilliant throughout all of this, the strength they’ve shown is amazing and they wanted to help when I got my head shaved.”

She added: “I’ve had amazing support from everyone since I was originally diagnosed in April. Everyone has been fabulous and my parents have gone out of their way to help me all they can.

“I’d had a routine smear test and was sent a letter saying there’d been abnormal cells found and I had to make an appointment. I was devastated when I was told.”

Family friend Kieren McGrady also had his head shaved at Diva’s salon on Botchergate to support Wendy’s fundraising. So far, she has raised more than £700 with sponsorship still to roll in.

The Royal Oak at Scotby and the Barnardo’s centre at Petteril Bank School have also supported Wendy’s charity fundraising.

To support Wendy’s efforts, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/wendycromar.

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