Gold Coast local Tayla Hopkins will shave her head for cancer to raise vital funds for Queenslanders affected by the disease, as part of Cancer Council’s Do It For Cancer campaign.
The 14-year-old has pledged to shave her hair on the last day of school (Wednesday, December 2) at Trinity Lutheran College.
“This cause is really important to me because my grandfather died of pancreatic cancer when I was seven years old,” Tayla said.
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“My grandfather had surgery 13 years earlier but when the cancer returned, it was super aggressive and he died about two months after he was diagnosed the second time.”
Tayla has already surpassed her fundraising target of $2000 and has increased her goal to $5000.
Earlier this year, Tayla chopped off her 23cm ponytail and donated it to be made into wigs for children suffering from alopecia and other hair loss conditions.
“I really wanted to help others after cutting my hair, because the feeling I got afterwards knowing I helped someone was amazing, so shaving my head just felt like the next step,” she said.
“After signing up to Do It For Cancer, CCQ provided a pamphlet with cancer statistics and information, and seeing just how badly cancer affects Queenslanders every day really impacted and motivated me.
“I want to be able to show people that appearance isn’t everything, and that helping others is so rewarding – it’s honestly the best feeling in the world.
“The way I see it, you only have one life and I’d love to be able to say I spent the majority of mine making others feel good, because that makes me feel good.”
All funds raised will be donated to Cancer Council Queensland, while Tayla’s hair will be sent to the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program.
Cancer Council Queensland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Philippa Bagnall called on all Queenslanders to do what they can for a cancer free future.
“Do It For Cancer is about everyday Queenslanders doing what they can to raise funds to help us beat cancer,” Ms Bagnall said.
“You can race, sell, work, shave, gift, quit – do anything – to support the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.”