My name is Jennifer, and I am a wife and mother of five. My youngest is eight years old.
In November 2020, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. This is a rare cancer-form called ALK-positive, caused by a genetic mutation. Currently, there is no cure.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, but only around 5% of lung cancers are ALK-Positive. Most people assume that all lung cancers are caused by smoking. But this is not true – and there’s no known correlation of ALK-positive lung cancer with smoking.
Cancer research has given me more time with my family, and I hope will allow me to watch my children grow up. For someone like me, the more money raised means the more time my children will have me in their lives. Like millions of other women, I just want to be here to watch them grow.
That’s why I’m taking on the ACRF Hair Dare and shaving my head.
Research is so important to the families who have had their lives changed by a cancer diagnosis. No one is immune, cancer does not discriminate, research is the only way.
To donate to Jennifer’s Hair Dare visit https://shave.acrf.com.au/fundraisers/jenniferfarrell