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Larger than life Polly leads the way for razor gang's event

Jason Burnett, Rhana Govaars, Leigh Turnbull, Polly Stait and Mark Stacey shaved for cancer at the Cri. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Jason Burnett, Rhana Govaars, Leigh Turnbull, Polly Stait and Mark Stacey shaved for cancer at the Cri. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

POLLY Stait only had one word to describe the moment she was diagnosed with breast cancer - "scary".

The Rockhampton woman went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to try and beat cancer.

And she did just that.

Polly is now 20 years cancer free and is full of a zest for life.

She even dyed her hair purple just before committing to shaving it off, in an effort to raise money for the Relay for Life.

Polly, her godson Will Guest, staff from Rockhampton Automatics and Criterion Hotel owner Leigh Turnbull all decided to face the razor last Friday night.

The group hit their goal of raising $10,000 for the Relay for Life team, Wot Eva Go's.

"If it weren't for people doing (these fundraisers) we wouldn't have money for research," Polly said.

Research has gone a long way, and is one of the reasons why Polly beat the disease.

"We weren't as aware of cancer to the extent that we are today," she said.

Polly said she lost her aunt and grandmother to breast cancer, and thought that may have been the reason why she was more aware of the disease 20 years ago.

This isn't the first time Polly has thrown her support behind fundraising, having shaved her head six years ago.

Polly said when people ask her why she keeps shaving her head, she simply says, "the first time it wasn't my choice".

She wanted to thank the community for raising funds and awareness for cancer.

Topics:  cancer council queensland, shave for a cure, the criterion



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