An 81 year-old cancer fighter from Thamesmead has shaved off her hair to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Lena Rozario’s own personal battle with cancer, which has spanned four decades, inspired her to shave her locks at the day care centre of Sanctuary Care’s Ashgreen House Residential and Nursing Home in Sandbach Place.
Grandmother of 10 Lena, who was born in British India and moved to the UK with her six children in 1971, was diagnosed with womb cancer in 1972, where it later spread to her colon, stomach and breast.
Still living life to the full
Still holding her head high, Lena has never let her condition define her and has lived life to the full with the help and support from the NHS, Sanctuary Care’s day care centre and other charitable groups.
Lena said: “Since my first diagnosis, I’ve always been grateful for the level of support I’ve received and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. I now feel it’s my time to give something back and here I am!”
The Sanctuary Care home’s day care manager, Dot Nash, added: “Lena is an inspiration and I’ve always admired her brave attitude. Here she is at 81 shaving her head to give something back – it’s amazing and I’m proud Ashgreen House have been able to support her through her latest, much more positive challenge.”
Sanctuary’s day care support
Lena has been visiting Ashgreen House day care centre since 2006, where she is able to enjoy day trips and take part in fun activities with help from a caring team. She added: “I really enjoy my visits to Ashgreen House, everyone is so supportive and I have made some really good friends.
Lena’s fundraising mission
The 81 year-old has already raised over £1,000 for the national charity and hopes her hair-raising efforts will help boost donations on her Just Giving page; www.justgiving.com/Lena-Rozario-Martin
Well-wishers on Lena’s Just Giving page have quoted: “…what a wonderful gesture…” “…what a great idea – turning something positive out of something negative…” and “…you are a wonderful person Lena and very brave”.