To celebrate her 40th birthday last week, Kylie O’Driscoll shaved off her hair and raised over $4,680 for us! This will help us continue to fund vital cancer research, run our prevention education programs and provide support services to WA families affected by cancer.
Kylie was inspired to fundraise for us after losing friends and family to cancer, recalling how difficult it was to watch how the disease affected them. Kylie’s husband, Stephen also lost both of his parents to cancer and it wasn’t long before their two sons began asking ‘why’.
“The loss of two people I’ve never met has had a huge impact on my life. Our boys started asking questions about Stephen's parents and their sadness for his loss is what encouraged me to do something well out of my comfort zone.”
Having exceeded her initial fundraising goal of $2,000 within just a week, Kylie was overwhelmed by the amount of support she received from her family, friends and colleagues in the lead-up to the big day.
Amongst the crowd of supporters were many young children, most of whom attend the same school as her boys.
“After their initial shock and bewilderment, it was great to see how much conversation was happening on the topic and the intrigue they had to understand more.”
For Kylie, turning 40 not only marked a new milestone but inspired her to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
“Everyone has a story and we've all been affected by cancer in some way or another. Doing the shave and being able to get my kids involved was a means of helping them to understand why it's so important to give back.”
Find out how you can help make a difference and fundraise for us at Do It For Cancer or contact us on 1300 65 65 85.