Monday, January 25, 2010

The Shave, the Full Shave and Nothing but the Shave

It's done. It's decided. It's locked in. On March 12th I'm shaving off all my hair to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.


When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, a rather rare form of lymphoma, in November last year, it was a shock to say the very least. I had no idea what to expect, what my role of carer was to be and how on earth I was going to manage it all with a new baby. Right from the start the Leukaemia Foundation stepped in. They offered caring advice and support, explained the treatment in much more detail that his doctor had time to do and were instantly like a new friend at our sides, one that I knew I could turn to at anytime. They continue to be there for us and have brightened up some very dark days. Through his treatment we continue to meet more people that have been helped by the Foundation in many ways including access to financial support and with accommodation for the families patients and their families.

So this year, I'm showing my passion for this cause and helping raise money by shaving off all my hair (down to a number two blade).

If you'd like to help and sponsor me, please click here to go to my sponsorship page. There is also a link to my sponsorship page on the side bar.

For more information about the World's Greatest Shave and the Leukaemia Foundation, click here.

And lastly, thank you to everyone for all their kind words and support when I was trying to decide if I was brave enough to do this. And remember, if you see a scary bald woman who looks like she just escaped from prison around Brisbane in a couple of months, don't worry, it might just be me.

28 comments:

Karin said...

I think you are amazing for doing this. I bet you will look like the most beautiful escaped prisoner ever ;-)

one little acorn said...

Great decision! And a great cause... I will pop over and make a donation to you. All the best Melanie to you and your man and lovely daughter.

Monique said...

Good on you. I think you will look amazing. Its hair. It will grow back and you are doing something extraordinary. My sons preschool did it last year as one of the little girls at his school was diagnosed and the 6 mums that did it looked fabulous.
Am popping over now...

Posie Patchwork said...

You're awesome!! Good luck & all the best for your husband & child. My children want to do the colour option. Would you consider a raffle too, to raise extra funds, i'd happily donate some goodies. I'm a fundraising coordinator for school & raffles are pure profit & generate gazillions. Love Posie

Tracey said...

Melanie, we haven't met yet, but I think you're amazing for doing this and I'll pop over to sponsor you in a sec... take care and hope to meet you soon , Txxxx P.S. if you decide to have a raffle, i'll donate!! <3

m.e (Cathie) said...

ohh Melanie you are absolutely gorgeous & amazing!
you will look fabulous & will of course be helping a worthy cause.
goodluck!!! ♥

bumbellbee said...

As, a cancer survivor (this yank from new york) knows what is like to go skinny dipping on the top of your head. Bravo to you and your cause! and Girl, just let me tell you, YOU WILL NVER BE PRETTIER THAN WHEN YOUR HEAD IS SHAVED of course i will add to your cause! keep all the good work up and keep those kimono creations flowing they are just brillant.

Little Mary Moo said...

Count me in as a sponsor! You are amazing and certainly will look just as wonderful without your locks.

wimcee said...

100 % behind you Mel - let us know about sponsorship.

Selina said...

Wow! You are gonna be one hot bald mumma!! Great job, hope you raise heaps! I'll pop in to your sponsorship page next week when I have more spare dough :)

Bec said...

What a brave and terrific thing to do - I'll be popping over right now to add my sponsorship. As someone who used to get around with a mostly number 2 shave just for the fun of it, I can tell you it is actually quite liberating to be without loads of hair. All the very best, XXX Bec

Kim Wallace :: Udessi said...

You are so brave Melanie, and I don't just mean for shaving your hair. What an amazing thing to do.

Tania said...

Lady, you are going to do great 'bald'! have been catching up on the happenings post holidays so only just read the Will I? Won't I? post. Oh, I get the angst! But this, this is right. 'Tis a pleasure to sponsor...

Hot Fudge said...

What a brave girl you are, and you know that your faithful blog followers are 100% behind you.

Monica @ bpab said...

Good on you! I shaved it all off a year ago to fund raise for Cancer awareness and it was amazing to have a clean head. Very liberating and felt nice to know it was to spread awareness and raise money too.
May your family be blessed with beautiful moments and lots of laughter. x

Jenny said...

What a wonderful thing to do Melanie-I will definitely sponsor you:)

Allie said...

Good for you - you're going to be beautiful.

Jetta's Nest said...

Melanie.....I really admire your spirit! I'm off to make a donation too :)

Sam

Karin said...

Your head is going to be beautiful! I've had a number 2 before, gorgeous!

All my best to you. I hope that you are overwhelmed with support!

Lilli boo said...

I think it's fantastic you are doing this, as so many people have commented it will be liberating and you will be beautiful regardless! A girlfriend of mine is in remission after fighting Lukemia for the last year...it's such a worthy cause (as you well know) to support...I'll have to sponsor you as well, all the best to you ansd your Husband... oxo

Fiber Focus said...

I'll post this on my facebook page to see if it will help generate some support for you. So sorry about your husband...

Healing thoughts coming your way!

-Rachel

Kellie Christie said...

Good on you Mel!!! :-) It is such a wonderful cause and you are very brave to do something so drastic in support and to raise money. A friend of mine went the shave for a cure about 6 years ago and she had long, think curls. She looked very different, but hair grows fairly fast so you will have a funky short do in no time at all. Good luck!

Mel said...

Hello Mel! I just discovered you the other week, and being a lover of all things Japanesey - and wanting to be creative, you have inspired me over and over. Now you are doing it again! Congratulations on deciding to do this. I'll look forward to the updates ...
Mel(issa):)
~*~

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

You are fabulous Melanie, and I can't wait to see the end result. Off to see about putting my money where my mouth is right now.

Cindy said...

I think this is one of those things that you can't regret doing. I don't have too many more words for how great I think what you are doing is

Kazza said...

I think you great aswell. As we speak, my mother in law is in the hospital suffering from this disease, and only has days left. So, I am shaving my head aswell, its the lease I can do. Cant wait to see your pics..

Melanie's Dad said...

Well done love, and you won't be alone. I expect to be in Brisbane that week, so book me in for the shave too (as early in the morning as possible). I'm asking my Australian friends to sponsor you with their Australian dollars and I'll register for the NZ Leukemia Foundation's shave for any non-Australian sponsorship for me.

Katy said...

You are an inspiration Melanie - i find it daunting just thinking about raising a little baby i can't imagine how challenegeing it must be to have to deal with this as well, if ever i think i can't cope i will think of you :-)

Off to sponsor you!!

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