THE strongest person Vietnam veteran Dutchy Holland and his wife Di know is their grand-daughter Sophie Fender.

She has battled blood cancer since birth and at the tender age of four will undergo her final round of chemotherapy at the end of this week.

The couple is celebrating her future health and happiness with a close shave of their own.

Dutchy's moustache is being clipped for the first time in 40 years on Wednesday in a private gathering to support leukemia research and patients.

His bristly eyebrows could also be set to go, along with his beard and hair-do, depending on what is requested.

Di will join her husband in clean-shaven matrimony.

Her cropped locks will be chopped away too.

The Pialba couple has raised about $1400 for the World's Greatest Shave, with extra money also pledged.

Dutchy said they hoped the money will be used to the make the lives better of people like their grand-daughter.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer in Australia. More than 300 people are diagnosed with the illness every year.



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