Over the past few months, Living Choice Glenhaven assistant manager, Natalie Taylor, sadly lost both her parents to cancer. Fortunately, she is surrounded by a strong supportive family of village staff and residents and they came out in full force to support her goal to raise $1,000 when she took part in the World’s Greatest Shave on 13th March. As at 17th March, Natalie had raised a whopping $5,713, including a $500 donation from Living Choice.
Natalie decided to take part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave as both her parents have had to deal with cancer. “Dad sadly passed away in December and Mum passed away in February. I took part to help raise funds to find a cure for all cancers,” she said.
Residents were invited to “bring a plate” for Morning Tea and watch the village hairdresser, Lisa, shave off Natalie’s locks. Resident Peter Heinrich also had his head shaved and several other residents and staff member, Jane Fisher, had their hair sprayed in bright colours.
“Raising funds helps to give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need. It also funds vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life,” said Natalie.
Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer – one person every 41 minutes. Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.
If you would like to support Natalie, you can still sponsor her at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/natalietaylor