‘Fro goes in support of younger sister
Jordy Edwards decided to shave off his impressive ‘fro after his 12-year-old sister Louise was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
"When my sister was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of sarcoma, she was told she'd have to have chemotherapy, a treatment which often means losing your hair. I decided to shave my ‘fro before Louise started to lose her hair, it was the least I could do."
Jordy set up a fundraising page and received tremendous support, raising nearly $9,000.
"What I did was easy, and the fact that it made her smile was awesome, and we were able to fund some new research too."
The money Jordy raised has gone towards studies into improving cancer treatments carried out by Professor Phil Darcy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Jordy was able to meet Professor Darcy to see for himself the impact of his fundraising efforts.
Professor Darcy is working on improving cancer therapies, one involving a new treatment called adoptive immunotherapy that boosts the immune system and has shown unprecedented success in children with certain blood cancers.
"The connection between those on the front line raising the money and those in the lab working on treatments is so important," Professor Darcy said. "It's incredibly valuable to be able to meet people like Jordy, but also for him to see what his money is really doing."
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