Sheila Longden is a quiet and unassuming person but she is a hero to many, especially the breast cancer patients at Maroondah Hospital.
Volunteering at Amaroo Nursing Home in Ferntree Gully she and the residents make breast cushions for patients at Maroondah Hospital who are undergoing breast surgery. These small items help in the recovery process for breast cancer patients covering and protecting the wound post-operation.
When delivering the cushions late last year to the Maroondah Breast Clinic, Sheila saw the Coolheads fundraising poster and was inspired to commence her own campaign to raise funds in support of this most innovative project for breast cancer patients.
With generous donations of goods by local Bayswater businesses – Tilley Soaps Australia and Ashdene Products – Sheila then proceeded to gain permission to hold a stall to sell the donated items at Goodlife Gymnasium in Wantirna, the gymnasium she is a member of.
Incredibly, Sheila raised $1,000 from her efforts and continues to raise funds today to contribute to our quest to offer scalp cooling services free of charge to women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer in our community.
“As a mother and a woman, this campaign really resonated with me and my daughters”, Sheila emphasised. “ If we can help women keep their hair during what must be one of the greatest challenges of their lives, this will help maintain their dignity, privacy and femininity during what must be one of the greatest challenges of their lives.”
What an amazing and inspirational lady. We thank Sheila for her contribution to the Coolheads project.
Sheila found her own way to help our campaign. There are many other ways that you can explore to make a contribution, though. Start by hitting one of the share buttons below. And if possible, donate a few dollars today.