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Bury St Edmunds father and son to Brave the Shave for 'amazing' care




A Bury St Edmunds father and son are competing to raise the most charity cash after witnessing the ‘amazing’ care and support given by the NHS.

Ed and Nathaniel Lowis will Brave the Shave and lose their locks on August 8, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

They were inspired by seeing wife and mother Rachel Lowis undergo breast cancer tests and treatment during lockdown.

Rachel Lowis, Tollgate Primary School teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and shaved her hair off before she started chemo...Her husband Ed and son Nathaniel have decided to 'Brave the Shave' and shave their heads for Macmillan Cancer Support, with the men competing to see who can raise the most.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (38408324)
Rachel Lowis, Tollgate Primary School teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and shaved her hair off before she started chemo...Her husband Ed and son Nathaniel have decided to 'Brave the Shave' and shave their heads for Macmillan Cancer Support, with the men competing to see who can raise the most.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (38408324)

The family, including younger son Ben, has been shielding since Rachel was diagnosed at the end of April. She has just completed her third round of chemotherapy.

Rachel, 45, said the NHS and Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital had been ‘amazing’ throughout, especially considering the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It has been interesting to see the hospital slowly start to ease up and re-open during this,” said the Tollgate Primary School teacher, who discovered a lump on April 7.

Following a video consultation, Rachel’s GP referred her to the breast imaging unit at West Suffolk Hospital on April 22. She received her diagnosis on April 29 and started chemotherapy days later.

She is now awaiting an MRI scan ahead of more chemotherapy and a full mastectomy in the autumn.

“The Macmillan unit has been amazing,” said Rachel. “I think having such a dedicated team of people there, where they know you by name and it is such a lovely atmosphere, has made the experience so positive.”

Rachel decided to shave her hair just before starting chemotherapy, with son Ben helping.

“A lot of the wig services have not been available due to the pandemic. So many people said I was brave shaving my head but I wasn’t,” said Rachel.

Now, husband Ed and son Nathaniel, 19, have decided to lose their locks but have a friendly competition to raise the most for Macmillan at the same time. Currently, one fund-raising page stands at £665 and the other at £705.

“It is very close,” said Rachel. “The overwhelming support from friends and family has been amazing.”

Donate at bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/ed-lowis and bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/nathaniel-lowis


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