Majella O’Donnell will shave her hair off on this Friday’s Late Late Show to help raise funds for cancer research.
The 52-year-old singer, wife of Daniel O’Donnell, announced that she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer earlier this year.
The couple released a statement saying they were “hopeful of a full recovery” and appealing for privacy.
This week, Daniel said Majella is recovering after undergoing a successful lumpectomy and was told last week that she will start extra treatment on September 12th.
The singer-songwriter revealed it had been a difficult time for them, but his wife was a strong and healthy woman who wanted to take control of her hair falling out.
“At the minute she is cutting her hair,” he said.
“She is going to have it shaved. She doesn’t want her hair to fall out.
“She decided she is going to take charge of her hair going.
“It’s very short now and her next step after she has her first treatment she is going to get it all off.”
He said reports that his 53-year-old wife was clear of cancer were incorrect, adding that he meant the surgery had removed the cancer but there was still a possibility she would need more treatment, like the majority of patients.
It is not yet known if she will also have to undergo radiation therapy, or if she will decide to undergo surgery to prevent the cancer reoccurring in the future, he added.
The entertainer said his mother-in-law Marion will care for his wife when he leaves Ireland tomorrow to tour the United States and Canada.
CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, John McCormack described her as extremely brave for taking the huge step of shaving her hair on national television.
“Losing your hair to cancer treatment can be a devastating time for many women, as can proactively shaving your hair,” he said.
“The Irish Cancer Society fully support Majella and I personally commend her for bringing light onto such a painful time in her life, in doing this Majella will help other people out there now with breast cancer know that they are not going through this alone.
“The Irish Cancer Society is close to Majella’s heart and we are grateful that she is using her own experience to help raise awareness and vital funds for the Society.”