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Libby does "The Big Chop"

I'm having my very long hair cut for Toma Fund because they help children with Cancer smile.

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Toma Fund

We help families in North East & Cumbria to support their child through cancer

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Thanks for taking the time to visit Libby's JustGiving page.

In Libby's words....

"My sister Caitlin had her hair cut for The Little Princess Trust earlier this year and I decided I would like to the same.

Mum and Dad told me more about Cancer and that there are lots of types and lots of different medicines. I found out that Boys and Girls can get Cancer too and sometimes it makes them very poorly and that them and their families can get very sad.

I would like to raise money for Boys and Girls near me so that they can get help and make them and their Mum's, Dad's, Brother's and Sister's smile.

Mum and I had a look at lots of people to raise money for and I chose The Toma Fund because what they do sounds good and they help to make smiles.

I am very excited to get my hair cut and hope to raise a little bit of money for The Toma Fund and I am excited to send my hair to The Little Princess Trust.

Thank you everyone,

Lots of Love from Libby :) x"

I think Libby has covered most of the bases but here is a little bit from our side....

When Libby said she would like to do the same as her sister I was so touched that she wanted to help other children, she knew where the hair was going and that it was going to make wigs for Children with no hair.

"Mum, you had no hair and it grew back, so if I have mine cut short then it will grow back, so I won't miss it"

We (Libby, Penny, Mum, Me and a couple of members of my maternal side of the family) have a genetic condition called Gorlins Syndrome. In as simple terms as possible the gene that causes and controls the growth of soft tissue tumours doesn't function correctly. In our case, we are most prone to Basal Cell Carcinoma (a form of Skin Cancer, for more on the condition please have a look over to my blog, link at the bottom). Libby had her first one removed in April this year.

The reason I tell you this is that the  "C" word gets mentioned a fair bit in our house and it was inevitable, Libby being a very intelligent Princess, that she asked what Cancer actually was.

Now, she knows the ins and outs of our growths but wanted to know about "the other Cancer". So in the most simple yet frank, childlike way we could we explained to her that anyone can get Cancer, that there are many different types, many different ways to treat it and that sometimes, no matter how hard Doctors and Nurses try, the medicine may not work. She took this onboard and went back to her colouring book.

About an hour later she came back to me:

“Maaaamm”


“Yes Libby”

“You know when we do the haircut for the Princess Trust, can I not raise
money for them? Please can I raise money for Boys and Girls near our
house that have Cancer, please?”

Of course this wasn't a problem and so the planning began.

Toni and Guy have very kindly offered up there services on Monday the 28th of November 2016.

The Toma fund was close to the heart of my late Cousin, Mark Bulman. Since losing him 6 years ago my Uncle and Aunt have raised money for the charity and for me was a natural choice, however the choice wasn't mine.

After much reading and looking at websites Libby reduced the list to two charities. We did decide to raise money for both and split what was raised but as I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can do an event next year, we decided that I would raise money for the other charity then.

Words can not describe how proud we are of Libby. She is such a strong, brave, generous little person. Her heart full of love and passion.

Thank you for reading what we have to say and the reasons why Libby would like to raise money for The Toma Fund.

Lots of Love

Caroline xxxx

For more on us and The Toma Fund

www.themarylousaga.com

www.tomafund.org


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