Alex turns pink to support his mum through cancer treatment

His mum Anna Coe-Bell�s diagnosis in January was a �wake-up call� for the Wanneroo family who are now helping her through the difficult treatment.

Watching his mum�s battle prompted Alex to launch a fundraising and awareness campaign to support other breast cancer sufferers and to provide free wigs and massages.

He is aiming to reach $10,000 and has created a fundraising page as well as a Facebook page to share the struggles that breast cancer patients face.

Anna said she was the �proudest mother on the planet� to have a son wanting to help amid his university studies, work for Camp Australia and playing country football.

She said while treatment could be difficult, she felt fortunate for her supportive family and wonderful circle of friends.

�There are thousands of women that suffer far worse than I do� we have to do everything we can to help others who are not as fortunate as we are,� she said.

�The hardships that patients and their families go through are unbelievable � young mothers with newborn babies having to undergo chemotherapy and older ladies without families who are weak, frail and unable to walk without aid.

�Being diagnosed with breast cancer has reminded us that everyone is at risk, even the toughest strongest people are hit hard by this disease.�

Anna is having chemotherapy treatment before six weeks of radiotherapy and then hormone treatment. �For the first three to four days (after chemotherapy) I am unable to function. The fatigue is indescribable,� she said.

She said it took everything she had just to get out of bed, to go to the bathroom or to have a bite to eat and that she had to wear earplugs because it made her highly sensitive to noise.

�I cannot stand to be touched, everything aches, I suffer with bad headaches and nausea comes on with no warning,� she said.

�That said, I believe I am coping well with the treatment; at least after the first week I start to improve slowly each day until the last week when I start to feel my old self again.�

Alex said anything he could do to make his mum�s journey easier was necessary.

�Raising some money to help people cope with the heartache of chemotherapy was the least I could do to show my support,� he said.

Alex will dye his hair at Salon Express Wanneroo which is donating its services for Saturday�s even.

To read more or to donate, visit headshavebccwa.everydayhero.com/au/alex.