Transcript for Women donate their hair to breast cancer survivors live on 'GMA'
Here now with some of the faces of breast cancer who are bravely battling the disease, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, and, Amy, I know you have two stories you want to share. That's right. Adele Weiss and Dana Debolt are both in the middle of their breast cancer journeys and thankfully they have a team of loved ones fighting right there with them right by their sides. Sure. My life is kind of chaotic right now. Reporter: Adele Weiss is a nurse and she's battling breast cancer in the fight for her life. It's a little scary because you don't know what the next day is going to hold. Reporter: Hospitalized this week with an infection, the complication after a double mastectomy in August. A setback delaying the next step, chemotherapy. She's grateful, though, that a routine mammogram spotted the cancer. Her self-exams did not. It's really important to get screened. God only knows what would have happened. How many lymph nodes or tumors. Reporter: She's about to start chemotherapy when 65% of women lose their hair. Half say it's the most traumatic part of treatment. That is one of the scariest things for me. It sounds crazy and it's vain but I've always my whole life, my hair was always my thing. Because I didn't have the great body and I couldn't wear all the most fashionable clothes, but I always had nice hair. Dana Debolt lost her hair after a couple weeks of keep me in may. That was hard to lose my boobs. I let them go no problem. The hair was not like that. I'm wearing a wig right now and I feel more comfortable. But the surgery and early chemo were particularly rough on Dana. I cry myself to sleep. I won't let me family see it. And I would cry because I was in so much pain but that's what you got to do for the people you love, right? Reporter: Her daughter Veronica is 3 years sgloel that's my driving force, you know. And I love her so much. You have no idea. I love her so much. The scariest part of all was when I didn't know anything and looked at her and thought I cannot die. I cannot die for this baby. Like I cannot die and that was the hardest and the scariest part for me definitely. But some good news about her cancer. My cancer was 93% estrogen receptive meaning that is the best kind of breast cancer to have because it can remove it from your body and it cannot grow. She credits her doctors for getting her through texting her daily walking through every step and her baby sisters always by her side. This morning her sister Joanna fighting like a girl will cut her hair off in tribute, solidarity, sisterhood, an epic show of support of Dane Florida and all those battling breast cancer. I'm cutting my hair ten inches all of this and I'm donating it to be made into a wig. Adele's two daughters will also cut their hair. I think it's important for her to know that we're here to help her every step of the way and she doesn't have to fight this battle alone. Both of these women have strong families, carrying them through and both are ready to give back and empower others. I feel a responsibility to provide support and encouragement, comfort in any way to anybody else going through it. Let me see what your hair would look like on mine. Oh, no. Let's see here. What do you think? This hair will really cheer up someone's sister, I know it. It's beautiful, it's gorgeous. ??? 'Cause I'm gonna fight like a girl ??? Ah. Pulls at your heartstrings and all of these beautiful women are here with their families, Adele's daughter, we have Christina and Alexandra and Dana's sister Joanna and all heard are going to be cutting their hair. You can see their ponytails are ready. I have to ask you, what does it mean to have this kind of support and to see your sister here by your side cutting her hair? It's wonderful. I'm so blessed and so lucky to have this. My whole family is here. It's wonderful. This is the best experience of this entire journey so far. There's a lot of love, Adele. You're feeling it with your daughters there. Absolutely. Every day they're there to support me, whatever I need, checking on me every day, mom, can I do for you? And to have them do this because I know how attached they are to their hair means a lot. All of us survivors and thrivers can't do it without all of you, so thank you and we're very excited to see your new haircuts in just a bit. Robin, back upstairs to you. All right, Amy, thank you very much. And I met a woman, Amy, who said because of you, because of you, she got checked and she's now five years out from having cancer. Because of you.
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