Hayley Odewahn will shave off the hair she spent five years to grow back, at a Nimbin Hotel World's Greatest Shave event this weekend.
Hayley Odewahn will shave off the hair she spent five years to grow back, at a Nimbin Hotel World's Greatest Shave event this weekend. Contributed

‘Lucky’ cancer survivor losing her locks to fund fight

TO CELEBRATE recovering from her own cancer battle, 25-year-old Hayley Odewahn will shave off the hair she spent five years growing back for the World's Greatest Shave.

Ms Odewahn, who is originally from Nimbin but now lives in Perth, will take part in a fundraising event at the Nimbin Hotel, where the community has been invited to come along and shave, cut or colour their hair.

"You don't have to shave your hair," she said of Saturday's fundraiser.

"There's a couple of hairdressers who will do hair cuts for anyone who doesn't want to shave their head."

Ms Odewahn was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer that attacks the lymph nodes, in May 2010.

It's considered stage five when the cancer becomes very hard to cure due to it spreading to the bone marrow.

"They were lucky when they got it," Ms Odewahn said.

"When they did find it it was in my neck, armpits, my groin and was attacking my spleen and my chest."

After six months of chemotherapy and 17 rounds of radiation, Ms Odewahn was cured.

"People hear 'cancer' and they think you're going to die," she said.

"It's not the case thanks to the Leukaemia Foundation who work really hard to find cures ... It's not all negative."

Ms Odewahn was diagnosed shortly after graduating from Richmond River High School.

"I just finished school and got my first full-time job ... then my whole life changed, and it did for my friends too because they weren't expecting that to happen to someone their age," she said.

Ms Odewahn said she wants to spread awareness there is hope for cancer patients and raise money to support the foundation's continued research into cures.

Shaves, cuts and colours at the Nimbin Hotel will start at 1pm, followed by a barbecue at 3pm and live music from 7pm.

You can help Ms Odewahn reach her target by donating online.