Saturday, June 27, 2020

Caroline Joyce and her partner Chris.

A Mayo woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has raised nearly €10k for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute by shaving her head.
Caroline Joyce was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer early this year and underwent a full right breast mastectomy at the height of the pandemic. She recently began six months of chemotherapy treatment.
Caroline is a native of Turlough and is the managing director of the Castlebar-based Cara International au-pair agency. She was named Mayo Businesswoman of the Year in 2015 and is also the founder of the Irish National Au Pair Association.
The National Breast Cancer Research Institute conducts vital research into breast cancer and is developing a microwave scan for early detection, which would help with finding cancers such as Caroline’s at an earlier stage.
On Wednesday evening, her partner Chris took up the clippers and shaved away Caroline’s blonde locks. The event was live-streamed on Facebook and viewers were encouraged to donate to the fundraising effort. As of Saturday afternoon, Caroline has raised €9,321, well in excess of her initial €7,500 target.
For more information on the fundraiser or to donate to the cause, click here.

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