Sunderland mum shaves head in memory of family friend and to support brave girl, 10
A Sunderland mum has braved the shave in memory of a beloved family friend and to support a little girl who is battling a rare blood disorder.
Kennedie Crawford has raised £150 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of family friend Pauline Peacock who sadly died following a battle with bowel cancer aged 78.
But in braving the shave the 24-year-old is also showing her support for youngster Chloe Gray who was born with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA) – a condition which means her body doesn’t produce red blood cells.
The 10-year-old is going through chemotherapy and has had her hair shaved ahead of a stem cell transplant at the start of June.
Kennedie, who is a full time carer, has now had her hair shaved off at Roots Unisex Hair Salon in Penshaw.
She said: "At first it was to do in memory of a family friend, Pauline, who had bowl cancer. She went through so much.
"She was such a lovely lady and she never let anything get her down.
"Chloe has just had her hair shaved off. Her mum had asked if others wanted to do the same to help her get through it and show her that she is not alone.
"I was nervous but at the same time if a little girl like Chloe can go through it and so much more I can do this to support her.
“By shaving my head in solidarity with Chloe, I want to raise awareness and funds for DKMS, a bone marrow register that has been a great help in finding a match for Chloe's transplant.”