Young duo in­spire with locks of en­cour­age­ment

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - BRETT SMITH

TWO young­sters have bravely stepped up and had their hair cut off to raise $3750 for Bar­won Health’s An­drew Love Can­cer Cen­tre.

Luke Black­ley, 12, and Am­ber Towart, 13, had the chop re­cently to raise aware­ness for those do­ing it tough with can­cer.

Am­ber had 30cm of hair lopped off, which was then do­nated to Real Fringe Hair Bands. It’s the third time Am­ber has had her hair cut for char­ity.

Luke’s fundrais­ing ef­forts come af­ter his dad, Michael, was di­ag­nosed with stage four lung can­cer in 2016. Given just a month to live, Mr Black­ley was matched to a drug that had been through clin­i­cal tri­als and is now pro­vid­ing him with qual­ity of life.

Luke, a school cap­tain at Ban­nock­burn’s St Mary MacKil­lop Pri­mary School, said he shaved his head to recog­nise all the peo­ple who had suf­fered and lost their hair to can­cer.

Luke’s mum, Chris­tine, es­tab­lished the Geelong arm of Cam­p4­Can­cer, which had to can­cel a March fundrais­ing event due to the COVID-19 pan­demic. Mrs Black­ley said there were still plans to hold a camp­ing fundraiser when pan­demic re­stric­tions ease.

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