Heather's Story

17 Apr 2023

Giving hope through giving back.

A month before Heather's wedding in November of 2022, she found out that her father-in-law, who had been battling blood cancer for 4 years, had become quite unwell. Heather's father-in-law was able to attend the wedding but sadly passed away just 13 days later.

Heather is participating in the Ponytail Project as a way of giving back and honoring her father-in-law. Her touching story reminds us that every bit of support counts and can make a significant impact on the lives of those battling cancer.

You can still make donations to a Ponytail Project fundraiser even if the event is over up until 30 December 2023.

What inspired you to participate in Ponytail Project?

I’ve had very long hair for most of my life. I decided I wanted to cut it off after our wedding which took place in November last year. Unfortunately, about a month before our wedding, my father-in-law, whom had at that point had been battling blood cancer for about 4 years had become quite unwell and his health starting to decline very quickly. Lucky for us he was able to make it to our wedding day but passed away 13 days later. It’s been 4 months since he left us. The amount of support we received from every organisation and health care worker we worked alongside during his journey with cancer just made it easier for the entire family and for Dad himself. So participating in the Ponytail Project is very personal to me and we appreciate all the support we received. This is my way of giving back.

How did you hear about Ponytail Project?

Early this year, I started to look into the possibility of donating my hair and that’s when I came across Ponytail Project online which I thought would be even better if I could raise money while I was at it.

How have you spread the word about your chop?

Primarily online/social media. Facebook has definitely been the best way to spread the word and share my fundraiser page. Have also shared on Instagram and just tagging Ponytail Project and Cancer Council and adding hashtags to get across to a bigger audience. Friends and family have been so supportive too.

Which three words best describe your Pony journey?

Grateful, humbled and inspired.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of #RockingTheChop?

Just do it! Yes it’s nerve-racking yet it’s so inspiring and humbling knowing that you have gotten people to come together to support you supporting those impacted by Cancer. That your selfless act is making such a difference to someone else’s and their families life. It's beautiful.