It’s been an up and down few years for former Sequim theater director Robin Hall.
In 2015, she suffered a mild heart attack and a stroke and most recently she was diagnosed with stage-1 breast cancer.
The 53-year-old Sequim native said she thought her health was improving until she found a small lump in her left breast last November.
Prior to her diagnosis, Hall remembers her doctor coming in and asking, “Robin, what are doing? You don’t need this now.”
Hall began chemotherapy in Sequim on Jan. 25, and will begin losing her hair in the coming weeks, she said.
But now her children want to support her with an online campaign to keep her long, blond hair.
Siblings Danny, 26, and Victoria, 18, created a gofundme page at www.gofundme.com/robins-chemo-wig seeking $1,000 to pay for a company, Compassionate Creations, to construct a wig from their mom and Victoria’s hair.
As of Tuesday, the family has raised $765 of their goal after starting the campaign in early January.
At first, Robin Hall was hesitant to the idea, but told her children she “couldn’t say no.”
“With only two of her seven kids in Sequim, the rest of us can’t be there personally for the treatments but this is a way for us to be there,” Victoria Hall said. “This is how we can contribute,”
Recently, Robin and Jeff Hall visited their daughter at college at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, and while there Victoria, who had dyed her hair to a color her mom liked, had about 12 inches of her hair cut off. Robin had about the same amount cut off prior to starting chemotherapy too.
Robin Hall said she’s never had short hair as an adult and didn’t like it the one time she did at age 12.
“It’s such a personal thing for a woman,” she said.
Danny Hall said once the family meets the campaign goal, they’ll send Robin and Victoria’s hair and likely another family member’s hair to California for construction. It’ll be ready in about one month, he said.
Danny Hall said his family doesn’t seek support much but when they do, “it’s met with a wonderful response. It’s very humbling.”
If the campaign exceeds its goal, he said donations will pay for hair maintenance, supplies and cancer treatment expenditures.
Robin Hall, who is currently cancer-free, said she opted to go through cancer treatment because doctors told her she has a 17-percent chance of the cancer coming back after a lumpectomy, which they felt was high.
With treatment the chances go down to 2-percent, she said, but if it came back it’d be more aggressive.
She said the chances were too high for it to possibly come back saying, “if you had a 17-percent chance of winning the lottery, you’d take it.”
Robin Hall is receiving chemotherapy at Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim prior to radiation treatment and hormone therapy.
“We are so blessed in this town to have the Cancer Center,” she said. “We don’t have to travel far for treatment.”
Jeff Hall said his wife is the poster child for early detection too.
“The surgeon was amazed at how small (the 2-centimeter lump) was,” he said.
The Halls felt it wasn’t chance that she found the small lump.
“There’s no way I could have just put my finger right on it,” Robin Hall said.
As long as she’s able, Hall said she’ll continue to work at Sequim School District as a paraeducator and Jamestown’s Indian Education program.
She previously worked behind the scenes for Sequim High School plays starting in 1994 until taking on directing duties from 2011-2017.
“Chemo sucks, but if I have a year-long battle to live then I’ll do it,” she said.
To support the campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/robins-chemo-wig.