Deanna Mott’s smile and her curly head of hair were the first thing most patients saw when they walked into the cancer centre at Bendigo Health.
The smile remains but the hair is now gone, the receptionist having shaved it all off on Friday to raise money for cancer research and support services.
Mrs Mott said a nurse jokingly asked her to shave it off about six months ago, to which she responded that she actually would.
She told the Bendigo Advertiser that as the first person to greet people, many of whom have lost their hair themselves, it was something she could do to give to the patients.
Her family has also been touched by cancer.
By Friday afternoon, more than $2000 had been raised in the name of the cancer centre’s Relay for Life team.
Director of oncology Dr Rob Blum did the honours during the shave, wielding the clippers that took off Mrs Mott’s hair.
“He jumped in the minute he heard it was happening,” Mrs Mott said.
To contribute to Mrs Mott’s fundraising effort, visit the Relay for Life website and search for her name.