Cancer survivor donates hair to charity

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A young woman who once lost her hair as she underwent gruelling chemotherapy in her fight against cancer has lost her long locks again – but this time for charity.

Brooke Brown was only five years old when her parents Gail and Marc were told their daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

The youngster spent most of her childhood travelling back and forwards to hospital undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatement in her battle to beat the disease.

The treatment led to Brooke, of North Road, Boldon Colliery, losing her hair – and in a bid to make her feel better her parents bought her a wig.

Now, aged 19, and cancer free, Brooke decided to have her long hair chopped in aid of the Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides specialist real hair children’s wigs to youngsters who have lost their own during their battle for life.

She knows what it is like to be a young girl with no hair.

Gail Brown

Her proud mum Gail, 40, said: “It is something Brooke has always wanted to do it, but her hair has never been long enough to do it.

“So as soon as it was, she booked the appointment.

“When she was battling leukaemia, she lost all of her hair so knows what it is like as a young girl to have no hair. She did get a wig, which is why she wanted to do this – so another child who is battling cancer can have a wig of their own.”

Brooke, a travel and tourism student, also raised £150 in sponsorship, which will be split between the trust and leukaemia care.

As a youngster, thanks to generous readers Brooke and her family were able to enjoy a dream trip to Florida.

The trip was aimed at helping to boost Brooke’s spirits and spur her on as she fought the battle of her life.

In 2013, Brooke celebrated her 18th birthday – a day which her family thought they would never see.

Mrs Brown added: “As a family we would like to thank everyone for their support, the local businesses in our street for sponsoring Brooke, and Rapport who did the big chop and colour for free.”

ALL is a cancer of the white blood cells. These cells work together to fight infection.

However, in leukaemia despite continuing to divide in the bone marrow they fail to mature which stops the bone marrow from making healthy blood cells.

For information on the Little Princess Trust, visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk