This iconic event
is one of Australia's biggest fundraisers.
Each March more than 150,000 people will get sponsored to shave or colour their hair to support Australians with blood cancer and fund research for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Today, 34 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.
Although survival rates are improving, blood cancers are the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.
Getting sponsored to shave, colour or wax the hair on your head, chest or face, is an extraordinary way to help families facing the challenge of blood cancer and to help Australia's best researchers.
The money your sponsors give you will go towards research, which is needed to discover kinder and more effective treatments for blood cancer.
Your sponsorship will also support families when they need it most, providing people with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma with a free home-away-from-home near hospital during their treatment.
It will also mean we can transport them to appointments and provide as much practical assistance and emotional support as we can, all free of charge.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding, so supporting this event makes our Vision to Cure and Mission to Care possible.
There are many different options to help raise money that don’t just include shaving.
The money raised for the World’s Greatest Shave goes to supporting those suffering from bloody cancer. Money raised is used to reduce the impact of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma – through research, and free emotional and practical support (like transport to and from treatment, and accommodation for regional Australians who need to move to the city close to hospital).
Today, 34 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. More than 60,000 people are living with one of these blood cancers or a related blood disorder in Australia right now.
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 or aggressive cases, the person can require immediate and intensive treatment, often within 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.
Treatment for blood cancer can range from months, to several years and generally lasts longer than treatment for other cancers. This can have a greater impact on relationships with others, education, career, and financial security. Families can suddenly find themselves in crippling financial circumstances, especially if the person is also the major breadwinner.
Treatment can be life threatening and life-changing. Temporary side effects like hair loss are common, but there can also be long-term effects, like being unable to have children later on.
While decades of research have improved survival, sadly, not everyone survives. Blood cancer claims more lives each year than more well known cancers, like breast cancer and melanoma.
For more information click here.
World's Greatest Shave
15 Mar 2017