Hairdressers to boost cancer treatment fund

By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 20 May 2013 Updated: 20/05 13:57

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Buy photos » Karen Foort (front left) and Zoe Gardner (centre) prepare for the event with the staff at Cutting Edge. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2013028MMR

HAIRCUTS and family fun will be on offer this weekend as part of a fund-raiser hoping to prolong the life of a cancer patient.

Zoe Gardner from Cutting Edge in Church Hill has organised the day alongside the team at the salon to help boost funds for the treatment of Karen Foort.

The two women had not met until last week but Zoe told the Standard when she had heard about Karen's story, she wanted to do all she could to help.

"We wanted to do as much as we could. My niece goes to school with her son at Mappleborough Green and I have got children myself so we wanted to do anything we can."

The team will be offering haircuts from 9am to 1pm on Sunday, May 26, with a raffle, tombola, refreshments and a bouncy castle continuing until 3pm.

Karen, who was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in July, with a scan in March this year revealing it had spread to her liver, stomach and ovaries, has already travelled to Germany once for the pioneering dendritic cell therapy but will need further visits costing up to £60,000 in a bid to boost her immune system enough to tackle the cancerous cells.

The 45-year-old has set up The Foort Foundation to raise awareness of the treatment, which is not yet available in the UK, as well as to fund-raise for other patients.

"The support I have received has been absolutely brilliant from Mappleborough Green Primary School and from Henley in Arden Tennis Club.

"I have been overwhelmed, I don't even know Zoe so for her to do this is phenomenal, I am so grateful.

"It's not just about me, I want to start this foundation to continue to help other people who perhaps haven't got so many kind friends and to raise awareness.

"I was told to go and get my affairs in order but this treatment has given me a lifeline. I have met people there who were given six months to live five years ago so I am really hopeful."

Fund-raising will continue with a Pamper Glamp on June 29 at Blossom Farm in Ullenhall.

Donations to the foundation can be made through Paypal using the e-mail address kfoort@aol.com or for more information or to donate or sponsor the events, call Karen on 07831 447682.

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