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Cricklewood cancer survivor raises money for Macmillan Nurses
A cancer survivor is determined to see Macmillan nurses help more sufferers “kiss goodbye to cancer” after being given the all clear.
Sue Bryant, of Oak Grove, Cricklewood, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, dyed her hair pink and had a 'cancer bow' shaved into her head to raise money for the charity.
The 55-year-old also ran a prize draw for a special painting of her lips, designed by a friend, of her kissing cancer goodbye.
The draw was held on Friday at Supercut hair salon, Cricklewood Lane having been supported by staff members Anna Hannon, Belinda Gharibian and Danielle Fahy, who carried out the makeover.
The mother had surgery in 2007 along with rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, and in 2010 was forced to leave her home and job as a bakery manager in America.
She said: “I did not believe it, I was living in fear. I still am.
“I love these young girls so much for helping an old fogey like me. I want to thank them and everyone who has donated so far.
“Macmillan have been super good to me, they want to care for you. Every pound can make a genuine difference."
The picture prize draw, coming at the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raised £53 which will add to what Sue has already gathered, including a donation from bag shop Jiffy.
The Supercut team plan to help her raise more awareness and money for Macmillan in the future.
Anna, 26, said: “When she first came in and asked for pink hair and a bow to be shaved into the back of her head we thought she was rather eccentric.
“It has been such a pleasure working with Sue. She is great fun and campaigning for a wonderful cause. This is an issue close to all our hearts as our families have all been impacted by cancer.”
The picture was painted by 19-year-old Habiba, a friend of Sue’s 21-year-old son Sean.
Mrs Bryant, who also has arthritis, said: “She’s just amazing, such a talent. We chatted about the picture and wanted to put across something a bit different.”
Despite fighting off the cancer, Mrs Bryant still suffers from physical and emotional hardships and hopes to see more support for those in remission and having difficulties after the all clear.
Craftwork has helped to improve her quality of life and she made cancer ribbons for Supercut’s customers who donated.
She would love to go back to America, but for now she is looking forward to going blonde for the very first time.
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