LEUKAEMIA survivor Carly Galligan has lost her hair for the second time in her life in a bid to save other children from the progressive cancer.
In 2012, doctors cleared the Carmel College, Thornlands student of leukaemia, a disease she had fought against for five years.
After meeting a group of young cancer patients in hospital earlier this year, the healthy teenager signed up to have her hair shaved off on March 11 at her Catholic secondary school.
Carly said the entire school turned up to watch her take to a pair of clippers with the hope of finding a cure for leukaemia.
“So many people came up to me and told me I looked so beautiful,” she said.
As well as losing her hair, Carly launched a campaign to raise $2000, which she said could help give transport to leukaemia patients who could not drive.
The teenager was inundated with donations and raised more than $4000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“Four thousand dollars will go directly to research, which includes medicines, materials, funding for scientists who will need help to find a cure,” Carly said.
“I’d like to thank everyone that donated.”
Carly will be taking photographs of her hair as it starts growing out and will eventually compile them into a short video.
The World’s Greatest Shave is the Leukaemia Foundation’s top fundraiser, supporting research into various blood-related cancers.
By Emilie Ng