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Mum's battle with breast cancer inspires daughter to cut magnificent mane for wig charity

By Victoria O'Hara

An inspirational 10-year-old whose mother is terminally ill with breast cancer has cut off her long hair to donate to a charity that makes wigs for children battling the disease.

Sarah Henderson – a mum-of-two – was diagnosed in 2011, but after undergoing treatment had been given the all-clear.

However, she was told the devastating news in February that she had only up to two years left to live after the cancer returned and spread to her pelvis.

Sarah, from Ballygowan, says she is determined to live every day to the full, and daughter Jenna yesterday made the brave step to have her magnificent mane chopped off to donate to The Little Princess Trust.

The pupil at Moneyrea Primary School, who has raised hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research, had 10 inches of her long locks cut off at a local hairdresser.

"She had been thinking about doing this over the last year," Sarah said.

"She just said that she wanted to make a child battling cancer happy. I just thought it was fantastic. It was just such a wonderful, kind thing to do."

Sarah, also mother to six-year-old Lewis, said it was incredibly difficult being told her cancer had returned.

"I was with my husband Gordon in the hospital when I was told. To hear the words that you don't have long left to live is just devastating," she said.

"And telling Jenna was just so difficult – but I just told her we were going to fight hard."

It was the 39-year-old's experience when she was going through chemotherapy that inspired Jenna.

"She said she wanted to try to raise money for Cancer Research to try to get a cure to save me.

"She saw the effects of chemo on me and how I depended on my wig, and she just said she wanted to help someone else," she explained.

"I'm just so proud of her to do this, as all little girls love their hair. She is an amazing little girl."

Sarah, who underwent a double mastectomy, said she was determined to stay positive.

"I do have my moments, but I now just think my time is precious and I have to make every second count," she said.

"I just want to have special memories and moments with my children and family.

"What Jenna has done is help to create one of those special memories."

The Little Princess Trust provide real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment. Singer Jessie J supported the trust by donating her hair last year

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