Losing her hair is not a new experience for Michaela Slobin, unfortunately.
The 37-year-old mother of four from Dapto was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2012. The cancer spread to her bones in May last year.
More bad news rocked Mrs Slobin last month when doctors detected tumours in her brain.
‘‘I just had the biggest one removed, and have started treatment again,’’ she said.
‘‘So I’ve lost my hair a couple of times before and have a wig, and am about to lose it again.’’
Mrs Slobin said she was extremely proud of her 12-year-old daughter Alana Agostini for cutting her long ponytail off to donate to Beautiful Lengths so the hair could be made into a wig for someone else going through cancer treatment.
The Kanahooka High School student’s friends Brooke Williams, Leah Puglisi and Beatriz Monteirorebelo also decided to support the cause and cut their ponytails off.
‘‘I am so very proud of these girls for doing something so important,’’ Mrs Slobin said. ‘‘I know how this simple act will help someone else going through what I’m going through.
‘‘It has been very tough for Alana watching me battle cancer. I know she will feel better knowing that she is helping make a difference to someone else going through this by donating her hair to Beautiful Lengths.’’
Beautiful Lengths is a campaign by Pantene in partnership with the charity Look Good Feel Better, which encourages women to grow, cut and donate their hair to be turned into real-hair wigs for women undergoing cancer treatment.
Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program that helps cancer patients, through their workshops in more than 180 locations, deal with the often distressing appearance-related side effects of the treatment.