“Bald Girls” show support for co-worker

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Co-workers of Sandra Walsh are showing their support for her as she battles cancer by having their heads shaved in public and calling themselves the “Bald Girls.”

Melony Billard will soon be losing her colourful hair. She and four others are having their heads shaved on Monday in support of a friend with cancer.

Walsh, 51, is a CCA worker who has been employed at The Mira for more than 10 years.

“I worked with Sandra for five years,” said Melony Billard. “She is well-liked by staff and residents. She has a good sense of humour and is a hard worker.”

Last fall Walsh noticed a mass beneath her left tear duct and sought medical attention. She was told she had a blocked tear duct and placed on a waiting list for treatment. The mass was painful and was draining and obstructing her vision so she was relieved to hear, just before Christmas, that she had made it to the top of the waiting list.

“She went in for the surgery and thought that would be the end of the annoyance that she had encountered for the past few months,’ said Billard. “The mass almost instantly filled up and as soon as she was discharged from the hospital they had to re-admit her and drain this 'blocked tear duct’ again. To cover all bases, they thought they had better get a biopsy this time.”

Walsh told only a few people what was going on and carried on at work. Even after hearing the biopsy showed cancer she continued working until she went off work for emergency surgery.

Her left eye was positive for cancer and could not be saved. Her nasal bone was also cancerous and removed. Bone from her forehead was used for reconstruction of the nasal bone and tissue was removed from her leg for skin grafts.

“The only thing preventing the cancer from advancing to her brain was her frontal bone,” said Billard. “She has undergone this very extensive surgery-18 hours worth. She has spent days in the ICU with a tracheotomy. She is now home and recovering with the support of her family and co-workers. She is unable to work for obvious reasons. She will be off for approximately one year and will be undergoing radiation treatments.”

When a co-worker suggested having their heads shaved Billard was happy to take part. She had shaved her head a few months ago in support of a friend with breast cancer.

“It’s a small sacrifice, especially for what they have to go through,” she said. “This will be the third time Marjorie, who suggested doing this, has had her head shaved, but it will be the first time for a couple of co-workers. There is also an 87-year-old resident who heard about what we’re doing and decided to have her head shaved too.”

The head shaving will take place at The Mira at 2:30 pm on Monday. Each person who has donated at least $5 has their name entered in a draw to be the head shaver. Donations will continue to be accepted at The Mira following the event.

Those having their heads shaved are calling themselves ‘ the bald girls' and have made hats and t-shirts to wear for the occasion.

 

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  • Dennis Weeks
    March 02, 2014 - 23:16

    What will the money being raised used for? I may be interested in making a donation as I am friends of the family from Alberta.

    • marjorie densmore thompson
      March 03, 2014 - 23:12

      the money will be raised to enable sandra to travel back and forth to halifax for treatment and drs appointments to cover any bills that need paid thank you for your question and hopefully if you need more information please feel free to contact me 902-261-2777 or my email pupsoffoggyhollowandone@hotmail.com mel who did the interview with the paper is our lpn and i work with sandra daily she is a lovely girl as is her family thks again marjorie

    • marjorie densmore thompson
      March 05, 2014 - 12:12

      just wandering if you got my first email i sent soon after your post and if you saw the next day pics of the shaving and the write up clipping for a cause again in the daily there is a pic of her husband and also of her kids if you dindt get the first email you are probably wandering who i am i work with her and am now one of the bald girls marjorie thompson 902 261 2777 or pupsoffoggyhollowandone@hotmail.com

    • marjorie densmore thompson
      March 05, 2014 - 12:22

      dennis chk out the next days events in the paper and it will tell you about the shaving aany questions feel free to call or email 902-261-2777 pupsoffoggyhollowandone@hotmail.com

  • Ruby (Hiltz) Sorrell -Langille
    March 02, 2014 - 17:07

    I have known Sandra for about 18 years. She is a wonderfull loving careing person and has a lovely family. I do hope many will go to Support this cause. She will need all the Support she can get. Ruby Langille

    • marjorie densmore thompson
      March 03, 2014 - 23:33

      alot of people came out and we got quite a bit of money for her she will be off for upwards of a year so please ruby pray for her you are so right she is a lovely caring person i work with her on a daily basis so closely in fact she finishes my sentences the lady that did the interview is our lpn sincerely marjorie thompson

  • marjorie densmore thompson
    March 02, 2014 - 15:00

    she is worth having a cold head for and lovely to work with It takes a special person to work with the elderly and she -sandra- is that type of person come and watch us and make her a few dollars god knows she will need it