A REDDITCH mum is having her long locks chopped tomorrow (Saturday) in a bid to raise £3,000 for her friend who has stage four cancer.
Julia Wilson, 36, will be having her head shaved at Paul’s Barbers, on Prospect Hill, and is asking for donations to help fund alternative treatments outside the UK for her friend and colleague Amanda Hatfield.
Amanda, who lives in Dodford, was diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago which started in the large bowel but spread to her lungs, liver, small bowel, ovaries, stomach lining and gallbladder.
After 15 rounds of chemotherapy, which reduced the size of her tumours, the 46-year-old was recommended for a ‘life changing’ 14 hour operation.
However, after a ten-week wait, a consultation revealed the ‘extremely aggressive’ cancer had started growing again in the liver and had spread to her bones, fracturing her pelvis bone and leaving Amanda bed and wheelchair bound.
Now, after having had 20 chemotherapy treatments, one concentrated radiotherapy treatment, two bone fortifying injections and two blood transfusions, Amanda is looking for alternative treatment outside of the UK.
The mum-of-two said: “There is a lot of treatment out there to explore and I feel that my body can’t take any more chemotherapy and I feel so weak.
“It has been a tough year as I also recently went through a divorce after 20 years of marriage but I am determined to beat this cancer.
“My children Lewis and Amelia have been amazing, it has been a traumatic time for them and they were going to give up their degrees but I was adamant they continue studying.
“Everyone has been so supportive, Julia has been a good friend to me after meeting her whilst working at Halfords.
“I am so thankful for what she is doing for me, she is really going the extra mile”.
Julia, who also has two children, said she is hoping the funds will give Amanda a more independent life without the harsh side effects of chemotherapy.
She said: “Amanda is the strongest, bravest person I have ever met and her attitude and courage truly inspires me.
“For more than a year she has fought so hard, overcoming all odds and she has amazed so many people every day with her positivity and strength.”