For the last couple of years Dad and Pete have been wanting to shave their heads together in support of cancer and this year, the timing was perfect as they were in the same town at the same time to do it together when it was the CANSA Shavathon weekend – the week we flew up for Mom’s birthday. I was eager to capture the whole thing on camera but in my eagerness (and being new to the real camera thing) kind-of chose the wrong settings – no matter as the essence of what they were doing was still captured and the whole experience was very moving. Mom reckons she will brave it and do it next year too! 😀
I really wish I took the opportunity to chat to this lady more. I got extremely emotional watching her have her ponytail cut off and head shaved. It seems to be much more radical for a woman to do somehow – not that it should. I remember her saying that had waited 3 years to be able to do this – I just wish I had asked why. The elation on her face having her head shaved was remarkable – almost as if a weight had been lifted from her shoulders and her heart. I can only wonder if she was a cancer survivor or somebody else in her life.