Young Airlie girl’s brave head shave to honour late cousin
A BRAVE Airlie Beach girl is saying goodbye to her locks as a tribute to her cousin who tragically lost his battle with brain cancer.
Eight-year-old Liv Jamieson will shave her head tomorrow in front of family and friends as part of a fundraiser for brain cancer research.
The shave is in honour of her cousin Cooper who sadly passed away in 2014 when he was just two years old.
While Liv was only 18 months old when Cooper passed away, her father Stuart said she was inspired by his bravery.
“We talk about Cooper a lot, especially so that our girls know just how lucky we are to have each other,” he said.
“She’s a very empathetic little girl who sees this kind act as a way to make life a bit easier for other people who might be going through the same thing that Cooper and his family went through.”
Mr Jamieson said all Liv’s concerns about shaving her head disappeared when she realised she could soon emulate a famous wizard.
“She doesn’t seem apprehensive about the shave at all, but she was a little worried about a scar that she has on the back of her head showing,” he said.
“She quickly got over (it) because she realised that Harry Potter has a scar, so scars are ‘cool’.”
So far Liv has raised more than $2000 to help the Children’s Hospital Foundation on their quest to find a cure for childhood brain cancer.
Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease and an Australian child dies from brain cancer every nine days.
Mr Jamieson hoped Liv’s shave would help other families in their brain cancer battles.
“If we all work together to do as much as we can to find a cure, then these poor kids that get diagnosed with brain cancer every year don’t have to go through the incredibly hard battle that they do,” he said.
“We just want to do our bit to put childhood brain cancer to bed.”
Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Rosie Simpson said it was thanks to courageous children like Liv and Cooper that families could find hope in childhood brain cancer research.
“Cooper was such a brave young boy and it seems that same bravery runs in the family with Liv undertaking this courageous act to help sick kids,” she said.
“Despite advances in other types of childhood cancer research, survival rates for brain cancer have made little progress over the past 30 years, and the Children’s Brain Cancer Initiative aims to improve survival and survivorship for kids with brain cancer.
“We simply couldn’t do it without the support of people like Liv, so I encourage Queenslanders to get behind her in her cause.”
To donate to Liv’s cause click here.
To learn more about the Children’s Hospital Foundation click here.