Daniel O'Donnell

Sep 11, 2013 – An Official Statement

As I’m sure you all know Majella was diagnosed with breast cancer last month and this Friday night the 13th of September she will appear on The Late Late Show to shave all her hair off.

Making an official statement earlier to the press she said “I want to do this because I feel strongly that I am just one of thousands of people with this illness.I want to take control of the hair loss associated with my chemotherapy, which I start this Thursday, by deciding when and where to shave my head.

“Having spoken to Daniel, we agreed that we would like to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. We were both delighted when The Late Late Show and Ryan Tubridy agreed to facilitate our request.

“Our aim is to raise as much money as we can. I would love it if anyone who would like to contribute to this most worthwhile cause, could start donating today.”

John McCormack, the chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Majella is extremely brave to take the huge step of shaving her hair on national television.

“Losing your hair to cancer treatment can be a devastating time for many women, as can proactively shaving your hair.

“The Irish Cancer Society fully support Majella and I personally commend her for bringing light onto such a painful time in her life. In doing this, Majella will help other people out there now with breast cancer know that they are not going through this alone.

The society is 95% funded by the general public, receiving less than 5% government funding. Fundraisers like Majella… are the ones that enable us to continue to provide free, nationwide cancer services and to fund cancer research.”

On the night there will be a phone line set up and People can donate €4 to the Irish Cancer Society’s Pink Appeal by texting ‘Pink’ to 50300 or call 1850 606060 to make a contribution. Or you can visit www.cancer.ie for more details.
Make sure and tune in to RTE 1 at 9.30pm Friday night (13th September) and show your support to Majella.