Joan, who was previously married, then called her friend Amy Walsh and her husband’s barber to shave her hair to prompt others to donate as well. The hair will then be platted and made into wigs for children who need it.
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Her decision to shave her hair is her way of showing her support to her husband and to others who also have life-threatening disease. Her husband was touched by her unexpected gesture, saying that it’s his first time to see his wife without hair. He admires her for her beauty and courage.
Their Everton and Liverpool football memorabilia, even the merchandise from the Liverpool boxing circuit, were auctioned off to raise more funds for charity.
Craig said that it’s rare for people to get his kind of illness in their 40s. Usually, it appears to people on their sixties that’s why they really want to create awareness of the disease.
The charitable ceremony attracted supports from several businesses after Gift of a Wedding posted request for help on the Internet.
Photographer Kimberly Struth and husband, Anthony, who have a photography studio in Crosby Merseyside, offered their services to shoot the wedding after they learned the couple’s plan.
Kimberley said, “It was a happy and emotional ceremony and you went from happy to emotional from one moment to the next all the way through.”
She added, “I expected the ceremony to be quite sad, but it wasn’t at all, and in fact, it was one of the happiest weddings that I have ever had the pleasure of shooting.”
The couple were able to raise more than $3,870 so far. The amount collected will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, Zoé’s Place Hospice, and Woodlands Hospice.
Founder and chairman of Gift of a Wedding, Patricia Harrison, has only nice words for Craig and Joan:
“It is an honor and a privilege to create Craig and Joan’s wedding. ‘They are a lovely couple and it was a nice touch that they decided to make their wedding a fundraiser too. That is really admirable.”