Nursing students lose locks for blood cancer patients

USQ Fraser Coast nursing students Deb Murray and Dee Woodgate brave the hair clippers to support people with blood cancers.
USQ Fraser Coast nursing students Deb Murray and Dee Woodgate brave the hair clippers to support people with blood cancers. Contributed

USQ Fraser Coast nursing students Deb Murray and Dee Woodgate joined forces last week to raise more than $1700 in this year's World's Greatest Shave campaign.

Dee Woodgate before the clippers.
Dee Woodgate before the clippers. Contributed

Ms Murray said the fun event was aimed at raising much-needed money to support people with blood cancers, including many who will one day be in their care.

"Having our heads partially shaved and the remaining hair coloured to raise money is one way we can show our support for those who have no choice about hair loss when they undergo essential life-saving treatments," she said.

"The World's Greatest Shave raises about half the money the Leukaemia Foundation needs to fund its important work - providing support to people with blood cancer, as well as millions in research.

"Donations help the foundation provide free services to people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders, and their families, as well as research to improve blood cancer treatments and find cures."

Leukaemia Foundation statistics show that each day, 31 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.

That's more than 11,500 people in 2014.

Although survival rates are improving, blood cancers like these are the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.

The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding.

Deb Murray before the shave.
Deb Murray before the shave. Contributed

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