A Tribute to a Much Loved Mother
In memory of their beloved mum who lost her battle with breast cancer 25 years ago, Pradiksha Oommen from Victoria and her sister Monisha recently cut off their locks raising an incredible $1,606 for research into prevention and treatment of this heartbreaking disease.
“My sister and I had been talking about doing something special to mark the 25th anniversary of losing our mum. Cutting our hair felt like the most appropriate and confronting way to share some of what mum went through,” Pradiksha said.
“While losing our hair would be uncomfortable, it’s probably nothing in comparison to the emotions that someone with breast cancer would experience.”
Pradiksha was three years old when her mother Susan lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 36, leaving behind four beautiful daughters.
“Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 and underwent two years of intense treatment including a double mastectomy and copious rounds of chemotherapy.
“Unfortunately only a few months after being given a clean bill of health, her doctors found the cancer had already done its damage, spreading to her bones and lymphatic system.
“As our mum got closer to the end she carried her baldness with pride – this was our way of making her proud.
“I wanted the funds raised to go specifically to breast cancer prevention as well as treatment.
“Knowing that my loved ones and I could potentially have a better chance of surviving breast cancer if there is better funding of research and innovation in these areas was the reason I chose to donate to ABCR.”