Hair-rais­ing health scare

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Bal­divis Pri­mary School stu­dent Will Perkins is set to take part in the World’s Great­est Shave this month, just months af­ter the 10-year-old and his fam­ily faced a scare with leukaemia.

In Oc­to­ber last year the young­ster fell ill and ended up in Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal, with early symp­toms leav­ing doc­tors no choice but to in­form his mother Sue Perkins that he may have leukaemia.

As Will and his fam­ily waited weeks for tests to con­firm the ex­tent of his ill­ness, he spent time in and out of pae­di­atric on­col­ogy wards — with the ex­pe­ri­ence leav­ing a last­ing im­pres­sion.

Ms Perkins said while tests later con­firmed he did not have the dis­ease, the first con­ver­sa­tions with doc­tors about Will’s con­di­tion were omi­nous.

“It was the sin­gle most ter­ri­fy­ing thing that any­one has ever said to me,” she said.

“He was in a ward with kids that are bat­tling and hav­ing chemo­ther­apy. His first thought was: ‘What can we do to help these kids? I wish that we could do some­thing to help them.’”

Af­ter see­ing the World’s Great­est Shave ad on TV, the young­ster made up his mind to shave off his locks on March 16 at his school.

Leukaemia Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Petch en­cour­aged oth­ers to join in this year.

“Whether you have a personal con­nec­tion to blood cancer or simply want to have fun and raise money for a good cause, we’re ask­ing Aus­tralians to join the World’s Great­est Shave for our big 20th an­niver­sary,” Mr Petch said. “With your help we’re aim­ing to raise $16 mil­lion so more peo­ple sur­vive their blood cancer.”

So far Will has raised $1400, which is enough to give two re­gional fam­i­lies two weeks of free ac­com­mo­da­tion in Perth. His goal is to hit $2000. To do­nate to the cause, visit my.leukaemi­afoun­da­tion. org.au/willperkins.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Bal­divis Pri­mary School stu­dent Will Perkins, 10, gets a taste of what's to come in the World's Great­est Shave thanks to deputy prin­ci­pal Ge­orge Sci­cluna and the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion's Tessa Moscar­dini.

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