THREE women have put their hair on the line to support a well-known Beaudesert resident who has recently been diagonsed with cancer.
Bean To? owner Sonya van Gent and employees Sarah Kay and Kylie Peterson will shave their heads this month in support of Edith van Gent, otherwise known as Mimi.
However, the trio will only face the chop if $5000 is raised by Monday, May 29 at the cafe’s Biggest Morning Tea event.
Ms van Gent said her mother Mimi was diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks ago and would face a difficult road ahead.
“It’s gone into her lymph glands and she is going for a full body scan next week to determine whether the cancer is also somewhere else in the body,” she said.
Mimi will undergo a two-year treatment and will lose both her breasts.
Ms van Gent said her mother was a very strong women and has stayed positive since the diagnosis.
“Mum told me if the prognosis isn’t good after the body scan, she will go to Broome and ride a camel along the beach,” she said.
“All jokes aside, she is very determined to get through this and we want her to know she has everyone’s support.
“As a family unite, we are staying positive and saying that we’ll get through it and we’ll survive it and I know we will – we’re pretty strong.”
Ms van Gent said she was prepared to say goodbye to her long locks to prove to her mother she would not be alone in this journey.
“I’m shaving for a cure because I’m going to be faced with something scary, losing my hair, and see how that will affect me as a person so it’s something scary to me,” she said.
“I want to show her that if I can do something scary, we can do something scary together like going through treatments.”
Ms van Gent said she felt blessed to have the community support behind her and Mimi.
“The Bean To? team have been amazing and have offered anything and everything,” she said.
“Sarah and Kylie are just beautiful people; they have jumped on board to shave their heads to support me and mum.
“The community is wonderful, people have donated money for the cause even if they’re not coming to the morning tea.”
Bean To? have raised about $3000 to date and the funds will go to Cancer Council Queensland.
To donate, visit the cafe on William Street, Beaudesert.