When chemotherapy for her breast cancer meant Sue Bidois experienced the shock of losing her hair, her son Sam stuck to a promise he'd made.
Sam had earlier told his mother that if her hair fell out during the treatment he'd shave his head in support.
He even offered to have his beard shaved off - and it went for a price ($200).
Not to do things by halves, Sam turned his offer into a fundraiser for the Northland Breast Cancer Support Network, with his Resene Colorshop workmates and tradies putting their heads on the line for a price, too.
One tradie paid to keep his hair on.
Mrs Bidois has had surgery and is now going through a long period of chemotherapy in Whangarei, to be followed up with five weeks of radiotherapy in Auckland.
"It's often hard for friends and family to know what to do and say and the support group is just that, support," she said.
"As a family we've had a few tough things to cope with over the years, but we try to look on the optimistic side of things, we try not to let things get the better of us."
Friday's after work shave-a-thon was a lot of fun, she said, and has already raised over $800.