AS SO often happens when someone in the community needs help, residents band together to do so.
It has been no different for Debbie Smith, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November last year.
Ms Smith has put on a brave front and, with the help of family and friends, is now raising money for the Leeton branch of Can Assist through a group head shave.
She will shave all of her hair off, along with Makayla Boots, Karen Robertson, Peter Harmen; Luke Trembath, Jayden Boots, Frances Porter; Sid Nolen, Zachary Clark, Dale Richey and Jeff Melvin.
It has been a tough time for Ms Smith in recent months, according to Miss Boots who is helping to organise the shave.
“She’s been back and forth to Sydney and has undergone an operation to try and remove the cancer,” Miss Boots said.
“However, this has not been fully successful as the disease has ‘seeded’ and is continuing to spread.
“She’s been told it doesn’t look very good, but she’s going to keep fighting.”
While Ms Smith has her own battle to take on, she didn’t want fund-raising efforts to be all about her.
“At Debbie’s request, we are not only doing this for her, but in raising funds for our (Leeton) Can Assist branch,” Miss Boots said.
“We hope to provide other (people) with cancer within our (shire) with much-needed aid.”
Those shaving their hair are hoping to raise between $1000 and $2000.
The group will be hosting a street stall on February 20 to help kick their final tally along.
Ms Smith will be shaving her hair on this day as she is already undergoing chemotherapy.
There also will be many sweets and treats available for sale.
“(We know this time of year is a little financially straining on everyone,” Miss Boots said.
“Hopefully the community gets behind us.
“We really want to raise as much as possible.”
The actual hair shave for the larger group will take place on March 5 in Jarrah Mall at 11am.