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Friends Surprise Woman with Cancer with Heartwarming Gesture and Photo Shoot

By Hanssie on March 14th 2014

A few months ago, 35 year old Gerdi McKenna was diagnosed with breast cancer. In February, she emailed her closet friends and family members to request that they get together for a photo shoot. Unbeknownst to Gerdi, her friends had a little surprise in store for her.

As a show of solidarity, her friends all shaved their heads and donated the locks to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa). Photographer Albert Bredenhan was on hand to capture the event. (Screen shots from video below)





I was on my way to what I thought was a friend’s birthday party,” explained Gerdi, a South African mother of two. “When I walked into what seemed to be a big breakfast get-together.”


I was completely flabbergasted…I felt confusion and disbelief, quickly followed by a stream of tears. I was astounded about the selfless act of all these ladies who were willing to go as far as give up a piece of their womanhood, in an effort to show me support.

breast-cancer-photoshoot-3The friends then all got dolled up for the photo shoot.


Watch the heartwarming video, which I will post as soon as I stop crying over this sweet  gesture of love and support.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Graham Curran

    My wife had cancer and had two bouts of baldness from the chemo. (She has now been in remission for 10+ years.) Respect to these ladies who voluntarily had their heads shaved.

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  2. Orlin Nikolov

    These are some real friends! Respect!

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