Tomorrow starts the beginning of Blood Cancer Awareness Week (BCAW). Blood Cancer Awareness Week from 7-13 November 2016 is Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s annual national awareness week. So what is the reason I’m posting about this? Well, a few of my family members have either had or currently have cancer and I want to do what I can to raise awareness for them. However, the main reason for today’s post is that today I cut off my ponytail. I cut my ponytail for Matt Smith, a young man I have never met but who is a good friend to some of my friends and great human being in general.
On the 11th of October, Matt was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Obviously, this was a massive shock not only to Matthew himself but, to his family and friends. Matthew is a strong character and is already showing really good signs of improvement, with positive results. This is a huge boost for everyone, but Matthew most importantly.
So today, Sunday 6th November 2016, about 15 people in his group of friends (and a few extras like me) either shaved their heads or cut off their ponytails. We did this as a sign of support and solidarity towards Matthew during this time. The aim of this is to bring publicity to Leukaemia and trying to spread messages of hope to everyone who is going through similar struggles.
Where will the money raised be going
All funds raised from this will be going towards 2 separate charities chosen by Matt. Firstly, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. They are dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood conditions. The second charity is Ronald McDonald House, who have been very supportive of both Matthew and his family during this time. They have provided his family with accommodation, and are continuing to support them whilst Matthew receives his treatment. All the money raised will be split evenly (50/50) between Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House.
You can find out more on our Givealittle Fundraiser Page.
Tom and the Wellington Crew
Brodie, Brittany and Sarah
I encourage you all to do something this week to help raise awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and any other Cancer fighting cause. Whether you Shave for a Cure, Cut off your ponytail, donate money, or just share, like, tag a friend or comment on one of the posts from this week.
What are you going to do?