Rasmussen family supporting mum after she shaved her hair for a good cause.
Rasmussen family supporting mum after she shaved her hair for a good cause.

Roma woman braved and shaved her head for leukaemia

What better way than spending your 30th birthday by shaving all your locks off and donating them to raise funds and to support people battling Leukaemia.

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It was a whole family affair for mum, Shannon Rasmussen who shaved her head over the weekend, surrounded by her four kids, husband Duane, brother and sister in law and their daughter and raised about $1200 for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Roma barber Cheryl Dart kindly offered to do the shave at her shop The Oxford Cut.
Roma barber Cheryl Dart kindly offered to do the shave at her shop The Oxford Cut.

The family have lost three close family members to cancer over the years – grandmother, grandfather and her mum’s father and for years anticipated on shaving her head to raise awareness and money for the foundation.

Rasmussen family supporting mum after she shaved her hair for a good cause.
Rasmussen family supporting mum after she shaved her hair for a good cause.

She grew her hair for over two years and joked that the hardest part was refraining from dyeing her hair, but it certainly paid off.

“The idea of shaving my whole head had been in the works for several years … when I was in school in Canada, my friend did it but I didn’t have the courage back then but always wanted to,” Ms Rasmussen said.

“So, I thought what better time than when I turned 30 to shave all my hair off.”

On the morning of the big day, husband Duane jokingly told her that her head would “look like a thumb”, however as he helped Roma barber Cheryl Dart from The Oxford Cut shave his wife’s head, he was surprised and told her she had a “nice shaped head”.

Husband Duane cutting Shannon's hair.
Husband Duane cutting Shannon's hair.

Ms Rasmussen wanted to remind people that they don’t have to shave their whole head, but can donate 20cm of their hair for a good cause.

“People don’t realise they don’t need to shave their whole head, you can just donate 20cm of your hair … just don’t trim your hair for a while,” she joked.

“It’s for a great cause and why not opt to do something like this once in your life.”

Last year, Cheryl shaved Roma’s Rowlings family in support of a friend who had been impacted by leukaemia.

Her hair will be mailed to the World’s Greatest Shave and made into a wig and donated to someone in need.

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