CANCER is a devastating disease that does not discriminate.
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It doesn’t care about your gender, it doesn’t care about your race and it certainly doesn’t care about your age.
The Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave has been in existence for twenty years as of 2018 and it has raised millions to help the fight against blood cancer.
Thousands upon thousands of people have shaved or coloured their hair in the name of this charity to help science create a better future, a future where a blood cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean a long hard road ahead.
Members of the NSW Police Force are certainly not immune to this terrible disease, nor are the members of their family.
As such, members of the Port Stephens Local Area Command are taking the plunge and shaving their head to raise money for a cause that is very close to all involved.
Chief Inspector Tony Townsend and Senior Constable Aaron Tull from Raymond Terrace Police Station as well as Senior Constable Luke Rogers from Lemon Tree Passage Police Station will be having their heads shaved at 2pm at MarketPlace Raymond Terrace.
Senior Constable Luke Rogers told News Of The Area, “My grandmother and aunty both died from cancer, and my sister in law had cancer but is thankfully in remission.”
“Anything to help support the cause, even if it is just to give a small donation, because every little bit helps.”
Chief Inspector Tony Townsend told News Of The Area, “l was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2013 and spent twelve months in hospital undergoing chemotherapy, and also received a bone marrow transplant.”
“Senior Constable Aaron Tull’s young daughter Amelia also suffered from Leukaemia in 2012 and had extensive treatment, and thankfully we are both in remission now.”
“All three of us have been living and working in the local area for many years, for example, I first moved to the area back in 1988,” he said.
“We’re locals trying to generate some local support to give any financial assistance that can be given to allow further research to help prevent and cure this disease which will in turn save many lives,” Chief Inspector Townsend added.
By Rachael VAUGHAN