Her friends call her ‘brave,’ ‘strong’ and ‘inspirational.’
But that’s not the way 27-year-old cancer survivor Briony Blackwell sees herself.
She tackled her devastating diagnosis with black humour, naming the tumour Trevor and describing it as a Cumberland sausage.
But when Trevor was removed – along with two thirds of her right lung – it rather put paid to her hopes of embarking on a charity challenge in gratitude.
The customer service administrator from Hardwick says: “I understand I’ve been very lucky so I want to give something back.
“But I can’t run, cycle or swim – I couldn’t even with two fully functional lungs, let alone now! – and felt people might not appreciate my very unique singing voice as much as I do. So I could see my fundraising options dwindling . . .”
But then came a eureka moment: “I do have hair and lots to spare.”
Briony has been growing her long blond locks for the past three years and is going to have a whopping 13 inch charity chop in aid of The Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair after cancer treatment.
It will take place at RJ’s salon in Banbury on Wednesday, October 12, and she’s appealing to everyone to dig deep for this amazing cause.
“Please, please donate as much as you can so that they can carry on with their inspirational work,” she pleads.
Briony was diagnosed with a carcinoid tumour after numerous tests and unsuccessful bronchoscopies. It was subsequently removed, with no need for chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
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