The clippers have begun to buzz, ready for Port Stephens residents to lose their locks for the World’s Greatest Shave.
People of all ages will shave, colour or wax the hair on their head, chest or face, supported all the way by proud family, friends, colleagues and classmates.
Some have a personal connection to blood cancer, while others take part simply to have fun and raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave began back in 1998 is now one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events.
This year it aims to raise $17 million.
Impact of blood cancer
· Blood cancer and related blood disorders can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.
· With few clearly identified risk factors and sometimes no real warning, the impact is immense for the person and their loved ones.
· In acute (aggressive) cases, the person must begin treatmentwithin 24 hours of diagnosis.
· For those living in regional areas, it means leaving work, school and family and relocating to the city, adding to the shock and emotional turmoil.
· Families can suddenly find themselves in crippling financial circumstances, especially if the person diagnosed is also the major breadwinner.
· Treatment for blood cancer can range from months, to several years and generally lasts longer than treatment for other cancers.
· Temporary side-effects like hair loss are common, but there can also be long-term effects, like being unable to have children later on.
· This can have a greater impact on relationships with others, education, career, and financial security.
· While decades of research have improved survival, sadly, not everyone survives.
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