I lost my locks for my dad

Most teenage girls wouldn’t dream of shaving their hair off, but most aren’t faced with their dad being diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer.

Carrie and Jamie Hewett

Carrie Hewett was only 11 years old when her 37-year-old dad, Jamie, was diagnosed with myeloma, a blood cancer that gradually erodes the bones.

“We were a very normal, happy family and you just don’t expect that cancer is going to turn your world upside down,” Carrie said.

“Dad was a crane driver when he started to get really bad back pain. After many visits to the doctor, he was diagnosed with myeloma in 2011.”

“Dad started chemotherapy and radiation straight away, and was in hospital for a long time.”

“Because Dad couldn’t work we had to sell the house we had just built in Fernvale. My Mum, my two younger brothers and I were upset about the change, but all we really cared about was Dad getting better.”

Last year, Carrie made the brave decision to shave her long, brown hair for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, raising an incredible $4,500 to help other families impacted by blood cancer.

“I now understand how blood cancer affects not only the patient but the whole family. I am so grateful for the support Dad and Mum got from the Leukaemia Foundation and I just wanted to do something to say thank you and to help other families,” she said.

Carrie said Jamie is recovering well after his second stem cell transplant last October.

“The World’s Greatest Shave was such a great experience and I would really encourage other people to consider losing their hair to raise money and help patients like my dad.”

Help us beat blood cancer

Today 34 Australians, just like Carrie’s dad, will be given the devastating news they have a blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Many will turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.

By signing up and raising money for the World’s Greatest Shave or donating to someone you know, you’ll help give free emotional and practical support to blood cancer patients and fund the research that’s finding cures.

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