Each March, thousands of extraordinary people help beat blood cancer by getting sponsored to shave or colour their hair for the World’s Greatest Shave. This year, one of those extraordinary people will be Living Choice Kawana Island resident, Margaret Schausberger, who will have all of her hair shaved off in front of fellow residents at the village’s Happy Hour on 17th March.
Margaret has been motivated to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation in support of her much-loved husband, Joe, who has had Multiple Myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, for the past 16 years. Until 2016, regular observation and treatment of the symptoms kept the illness in hand. However, late last year, the bone marrow cancer progressed and Joe is facing months of chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant at the Wesley Hospital.
“The Leukaemia Foundation is providing accommodation for both of us while Joe is an outpatient and also for me while Joe is an inpatient. This could be for as long as three months,” says Margaret.
“We’ve witnessed many advances in treating this nasty, insidious cancer over the years and that has convinced us that donating to cancer research is really worthwhile. While they can’t actually cure this cancer for good, we expect this series of treatments will give Joe back a nearly normal life,’” she adds.
As for Joe, he says he is extremely proud of his wife, describing her participation in the fundraiser as “courageous”. However, Margaret is showing no apprehension at all, saying she will spray her hair pink first and then sit very still for the razor!
If you would like to contribute to Margaret’s fundraiser, please donate here https://goo.gl/PU8sf9
- Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are types of blood cancer. They can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.
- More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders, and every day another 35 people will be diagnosed.
- Blood cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.
- Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
Photo (above): Living Choice Kawana Island resident Margaret Schausberger, pictured here with her husband, Joe, will shave her head at the village’s Happy Hour on 17th March at 6pm.