Local woman to shave head after mother in-law dies from cancer
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:33 am
On June 7, at 10 a.m. Rhonda Lee MacDonald will be losing her beautiful, brown, bouncy curls that reach just past her shoulders, and going completely bald in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
“It’s important and it’s close to home for me,” MacDonald said.
She signed up for Mud Hero, a six-kilometre off-road obstacle course fundraiser in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation from Aug.10 to 11, after learning in late February 2013, her mother in-law, Marianne, had been diagnosed with stage four cancer that had spread to her liver, lungs and brain.
MacDonald had known Marianne for 12 years and describes her “like another mom to me.”
On April 5, Marianne lost her battle with the disease and passed away.
“I signed up for Mud Hero when Marianne got sick and thought I had to up the ante when she passed and decided to shave my head,” she said.
To date, MacDonald has raised at least $1,650 for her head shave and Mud Hero run, and hopes to exceed her goal of $2,500.
“That ($1,650) is just the online donations and doesn’t include the offline donations I haven’t added yet,” she said.
She said she recently received a tweet from the Alberta Cancer Foundation and was told she is in the top four in the province for funds raised.
“It’s pretty exciting,” she said.
All the donations MacDonald raises will be donated to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in Marianne’s name.
“I think that she would be proud of me,” MacDonald said of how Marianne would feel about what she’s doing.
“I know she is smiling down on us.”
MacDonald said Marianne had been to the doctor 78 times the year before she was diagnosed but the cancer went undetected.
“I think it’s important for people to take care of themselves,” she said. “You’ve got to live everyday,” she added.
She said though she is nervous about losing her locks, she said going bald and participating in Mud Hero is nothing in comparison to the suffering cancer patients go through and she reminds people that every dollar counts.
She said even though Marianne’s passing is still affecting her and happened so soon after her diagnosis, she knows Marianne is no longer suffering.
The head shave will be done in the front foyer of FortisAlberta in Airdrie, where MacDonald works.
“My company is awesome,” she said, adding she is so grateful for all the support she has received.
MacDonald said she’s not sure how she will look with a bald head but added, “I’ve got some cool wigs to rock out.”
To donate to MacDonald’s head shave and Mud Hero run, visit albertacancer.ca/rhondaleemacdonald