Alyx set to shave it all off — again

The Northland Age - - Feature -

Hun­dreds of freshly-shaven heads will be out in force this month as peo­ple ban­ish their bad hair days, at least for a time, for an­other Shave for a Cure cam­paign.

The an­nual ef­fort (March 19-25), which has seen thou­sands of peo­ple go bald over the last 16 years, will once again raise money to sup­port the es­ti­mated 21,000 New Zealan­ders liv­ing with a blood can­cer or re­lated blood con­di­tion. Last year close to 2000 in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses, schools and com­mu­nity groups raised more than $1.25 mil­lion for Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand (LBC).

One of the first to sign up this year was 11-year-old Alyx Dou­glas, from Hast­ings, who braved her first Shave at 9 and has pa­tiently waited for her hair to grow back so she can do it again.

Her mum Tanya said the first time around mother and daugh­ter braved the Shave to­gether, but this time Alyx had de­cided to go it alone.

“Alyx doesn’t know any­one di­rectly af­fected by can­cer, but she just has a huge heart, and wants to sup­port those go­ing through a blood can­cer di­ag­no­sis. She’s re­ally not fazed at the thought of los­ing her hair again, be­cause she just gets so much joy out of giv­ing back to oth­ers.”

Alyx has set her fundrais­ing tar­get at $5000, while the na­tional tar­get is $1.2m. LBC, which re­ceives no gov­ern­ment fund­ing, helps fam­i­lies liv­ing with a blood can­cer or re­lated con­di­tion by means in­clud­ing per­son­alised pa­tient sup­port, fund­ing for re­search, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, run­ning aware­ness pro­grammes and ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of pa­tients.

“It is su­per ex­cit­ing to see how many peo­ple have al­ready signed up to Shave in 2018. To see peo­ple like Alyx get­ting in­volved sim­ply to help peo­ple liv­ing with blood can­cer is al­ways so lovely to see, and we’re very ap­pre­cia­tive,” LBC chief ex­ec­u­tive Pru Etchev­erry said.

Farm­ers is also a ma­jor sup­porter and will stage shaves at 17 stores around the coun­try, in­clud­ing Kaitaia (from noon to 1.30pm on Thurs­day, March 22).

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BRING IT ON: Alyx Dou­glas has been grow­ing her hair for two years — so she can have it shaved off again.

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