Medowie couple take on World’s Greatest Shave for families facing blood cancer Port Stephens Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - March 30, 2021 Ann Byron and Michelle from Sylvan Hair Boutique. 10 YEARS ago, Medowie resident Ann Byron shaved her head in support of the Leukaemia Foundation, after a student at the school she worked at passed away from blood cancer. This year she is at it again, taking on her second World’s Greatest Shave, this time inspired by her own family. “I shaved my head ten years ago because I lost one of my students, and I was working at the school at the time. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – [email protected] “Now I have a cousin whose son has been diagnosed with Leukaemia, and I thought it was about time I did it again,” Ann said. 47 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every single day. Funds raised through World’s Greatest Shave help families facing blood cancer meet costs like putting food on the table, covering rent or paying bills. After a few short weeks of fundraising, Ann has raised $2,650.80 of her $3000 goal. “I have just been asking people for donations, and when I had my head shaved I had some friends around to watch.” Ann states on her fundraising page, “Please sponsor me to give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need. “You’ll also fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life.” On the day of the shave, Ann’s fundraising efforts were given a boost when guests at her home suggested they would donate more if Ann’s husband Patrick were to undergo the razor as well. With the shave completed on Sunday March 14 by Michelle from Sylvan Hair Boutique, the married couple enter the colder months of Autumn with a little less coverage on top, but a lot of pride. But is Ann concerned about the cold, or her new look? “No, not at all,” said Ann. “It can get a little cool, but that doesn’t worry me, I don’t wear a scarf or a beanie or hat or anything. “It is very low maintenance,” she joked. Donations to Ann’s World’s Greatest Shave can be made until June. Donate to help reach Ann’s goal at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/annbyron. By Doug CONNOR Patrick and Michelle.