Monday, February 28, 2011

Facts and figures and close shaves

Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with leukemia?
Did you know, leukemia is the most common cancer to be diagnosed in children under the age of 15?

In 2010 it was projected that:
  • More than 4,700 Australians will be diagnosed with lymphoma
  • More than 3,200 Australians will be diagnosed with leukaemia
  • More than 1,500 Australians will be diagnosed with myeloma
“Leukemia is cancer that starts in the bone marrow which is the soft tissue inside bones. As the marrow starts working abnormally, it creates leukemia cells which grow faster than normal cells and continue to grow when they shouldn't. Eventually, these cancerous cells can spread to lymph nodes and vital organs. They can also impact normal blood cells and cause anemia, infections and bleeding.”

Right, now we have some of the facts, I want to tell you about our blogging buddy, Elizabeth from Whining At The World. Do you know what this fantabulous person is doing? She is raising money for the Leukemia Foundation during this year's World's Greatest Shave. Right now, she is dyeing her hair all shades of colours in the lead-up to her own Great Shave. And of course, she needs sponsors!

When I found out Elizabeth was doing this, I didn't think twice about donating. Frankly, she has done the hard part here, not her sponsors. She is going to shave it ALL off at her son's school assembly! Can you imagine doing that? In all honesty, I can't imagine myself doing it. And it was this somewhat shameful thought that made me give very generously.

Money raised during the World's Greatest Shave goes towards much needed research, accommodation near the treatment hospital, transport and as much practical and emotional support for patients and their families as can be provided. Let's just think about that for a moment.... that's over 10,000 people last year who received the crushing news of an illness they would need to fight aggressively to save their life. 10,000 families whose way of life was hugely altered. Many of those 10,000 were children.

Will you consider giving to this cause? Elizabeth is almost half way to her fundraising goal. And let me just reiterate..... she's shaving it all off AT HER SON'S SCHOOL ASSEMBLY!.... If that isn't deserving of support, I dunno what is.

Please click here to go to her profile page and make your contribution.

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