One of Orange Base Hospital’s longest serving Nurses is making an admirable contribution to patients suffering from Leukaemia, by lopping off her locks to raise money for the 2011 Worlds Greatest Shave.
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse Ros Davidson has already raised more than more than $850 for the cause, and is pushing on with fundraising efforts right up until the big shave on Friday 12 March in the Orange Base Hospital foyer.
“Many of my colleagues, friends, and family were surprised when I decided to shave my head, but they’ve all been extremely supportive,” said Ms Davidson.
“When I lost my cousin Meg to cancer last year, I knew I had to do something to help find a cure. After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, she received treatment and was given the all clear. Then the cancer returned, first with a brain tumour and it kept spreading.
“My Uncle Des passed away from Cancer in February, and my brother Max is also recovering from Cancer.
“It’s not just my family; working in the Health sector I see cancer ripping through families every day and it’s terrifying to see so many people fighting the same battle,” said Ms Davidson.
Every hour, someone in Australia is diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Every two hours, someone dies from one of these blood cancers.
Since 1998, World’s Greatest Shave has raised in excess of $106 million and continues to grow as one of the nation’s biggest fundraising events.
“It’s comforting to know the money I raise will be used by the Leukaemia Foundation to fund support services for patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders,” said Ms Davidson.
“But it will mean readjusting to a new haircut!”
Ros’ hairdresser Katrina Madden has agreed to wield the razor on Friday and shave her head in the company of colleagues, friends and family.
“I can’t wait to find out the real colour of my hair when it grows back after all these years, and I don’t have any hats on standby, so hopefully bald is a good look!”