SCHOOLMATES from Churchlands Primary School are on a mission to help save lives by shaving their heads to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.
Darcy Floyd, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at 14 months old, has teamed up with eight of his closest friends, who will all shave their heads at a special assembly on Friday.
The Year 6 student said he was in remission and finished his chemotherapy treatment, which took more than three years, just before he started kindergarten at Churchlands PS.
“The World’s Greatest Shave helped me because hundreds of people fundraised money to help beat cancer, which saved my life,” he said.
“Now I am in my last year of primary school, and 10 years since I was diagnosed.
“Now it is my turn to save lives.”
Darcy’s mother Kate Floyd said when he was diagnosed, they were overwhelmed by the level of support from family and friends.
“Now 10 years on, we have been so delighted by how readily people have stepped up to support Darcy and fundraise for this worthy cause,” she said.
“In 2007, with a desperate need to help, our extended family and friends did a mammoth shaving effort for the Leukaemia Foundation and raised $47,000, the third highest amount nationally, only behind Rio Tinto and BHP and in front of other big companies like Woodside.”
Now for the 20th anniversary of the shave, and 10 years since Darcy was diagnosed, he too has exceeded his fundraising goal.
To donate, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/darcyandmates.