FAY Butler has watched far too many loved ones endure the painful scourge that is cancer to not want to do something about it.
So it’s going to be no big deal for her to agree to shave off all her hair if it means she’ll be supporting people in the clutches of the devastating disease.
On March 28 — exactly 30 years after her mother died from cancer — Fay will let the ladies at Trilogy For Hair shave her head to raise vital funds for Echuca Regional Health’s proposed cancer and wellness centre.
Fay first had the idea to lob off her locks three years ago.
She and her friends were counting the days until a South Pacific cruise when one friend announced she would no longer be able to come along.
She’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
There and then, Fay promised she would grow her hair out and shave it off to support locals battling cancer.
It’s taken three years, but now Fay is finally ready — if a tad nervous.
‘‘I’m a bit apprehensive about what it will look like, but I’ll be glad to get rid of it, short hair’s a lot easier to look after,’’ she said.
‘‘The last time I had hair this long I was 15. I think a few people thought I wouldn’t do it, but here we are.
‘‘I’ve known quite a few people who have had cancer, so it’s become a very personal thing for me — and for everyone. I reckon 99 per cent of people have been touched by cancer in some way.’’
To support Fay people can make donations in person at Echuca Regional Health at 226 Service St or they can also call 5485 5086 for further information or to make a credit card payment over the phone.