There be a close shave for an Inverurie resident today, as she has her head shaved in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Julie Ewen will take part in the Macmillan Shave or Style campaign raising money to fight cancer, and will be getting her hair shaved, which she recently dyed blue to attract more attention, at the Hair Shop in Kemnay.
Julie told the Herald that a recent cancer scare was partly behind her decision, “Earlier this year I went to the doctor with a sore breast. I was referred to the Breast Clinic where a specialist thought I may have Pagets Disease, a rare form of breast cancer. He took two biopsies, which thankfully came back clear!”
Julie also has a relative that has had a kidney removed due to a cancerous tumour, and her grandmother also had an unusual pimple on her chin removed that proved to be cancerous.
Julie also said that she loves her hair and can imagine it must be fairly traumatic for those with cancer who have no option but to lose it through treatment.
Her aim was originally to raise around £200 with the head-shave, but has already surpassed that total, with around £600 pledged.
Macmillan Cancer Support are running the Shave or Style campaign in tandem with the launch of Strength in Style, a collaboration with renowned hairdressing firm TONI&GUY, to offer those affected by cancer expert hair care and advice. The aim is to have friendly support available on the high street creating a local point of contact to help deal with hair loss and give confidence back. All Strength in Style Consultants have undergone intensive training to help them deal with the emotional and practical issues surrounding cancer treatment.
Anyone wish to donate can do by visiting her page at https://www.shaveorstyle.org.uk/shavers/julie-ewen/.