GREY POWER: Lillian Suchting shaves off her hair to support her sister-in-law who is battling breast cancer. INSET: Lillian before the cut.
GREY POWER: Lillian Suchting shaves off her hair to support her sister-in-law who is battling breast cancer. INSET: Lillian before the cut. Rob Williams

Bold look a natural response to cancer

LILLIAN'S husband Alan and friends Fran and Alma watched as hairdresser Robyn Hills neatly removed Lillian's long, grey hair.

"You look like something out of the Rocky Horror Show," one said after the front of her head was shaved, leaving her with the Riff Raff look.

"Look love," she said to her husband. "I'm bald. I'm as bald as a badger."

That was followed with, "You look beautiful" and "You're awesome" as the significance of what Lillian was doing became more apparent.

Lillian Suchting, who lives with Alan at Bremer Waters at Tivoli, had her head shaved so her hair could be made into a wig for a cancer sufferer.

"My sister-in-law Irene's had breast cancer 12 months ago," Mrs Suchting said.

"She's just been in hospital very sick; she would have been here but she's too sick to come in."

Mrs Suchting said she wanted to do something special for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation's Breast Cancer Support Services.

"When I was up at the breast clinic last week, they asked if I would cut off my hair to make a wig and I said I would because I don't dye it; it's all natural and I think it's long enough now to get it cut to make a wig," she said.

"I just like to help other people. There are a lot of people out there with cancer who can't get people to grow their hair my colour. A lot of elderly ladies get their hair dyed and permed and cut - I just let mine grow long for that reason."

Just Cuts Riverlink manager Robyn Hills said she had known Irene for about nine years so she was happy to help Lillian.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation spokeswoman Chelsea Rees said Lillian's hair would be sent to the Princess Charlotte Foundation to be made into a wig.

"If anyone wants to make donations to Lillian's cause, they should contact the Ipswich Hospital Foundation," Ms Rees said.

"IHF will hold these funds for local support groups such as The Pink Divas, Team Cupcake or the Wig Library if it requires more wigs."

The Pink Divas breast cancer support group meet socially every month in Raceview.

Participants can expect guest speakers and information relevant to women who are newly diagnosed, going through treatment and survivors.

Team Cupcake aims to make life easier for cancer-sufferers - family portrait sittings, holidays, yard maintenance, etc.

Its meeting will be posted on Shells Team Cupcake Facebook page after February 8.

How to help Lillian

  • Call The Pink Divas on 3816 0531 or 0419 721 990 (Carmel) or 3288 6341 or 0412 449 550 (Tracey).
  • Team Cupcake can be contacted on 0422 457 606.
  • Call the Ipswich Hospital Foundation on 1300 736 428 or go to ihfoundation.org.au


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