Mark Thursday March 12 down in your calendars because it's World's Greatest Shave time again!
This time last year Fiona McGonigal was fighting kidney cancer and while most people would've taken time out to battle the disease, Fiona, typically, decided to raise awareness for cancer research by shaving her head to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
This year Fiona again will be participating in the World's Greatest Shave and sadly, despite beating kidney cancer last year, she has received the unfortunate news that the disease has returned on the left side of her adrenal gland.
The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are endocrine glands that produce a variety of hormones including adrenaline and the steroids aldosterone and cortisol.
"They are found above the kidneys," said Fiona.
I am hoping everything is okay next week when I see the specialist and I can concentrate on getting well and raising vital funds for cancer researchFiona McGonigal
"I am hoping everything is okay next week when I see the specialist and I can concentrate on getting well and raising vital funds for cancer research.
"After such a great response last year, especially from everyone at Currajong, I felt compelled to give it another go," she said.
While Fiona has her up and down days nothing she says will stop her trying to beat last year's fundraising effort of $1000 which was her initial target.
"The funds are vital, make no secret of it, but so too is awareness of cancer and different cancer types," Fiona said.
"Every day another 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer.
"That's one Aussie every 41 minutes.
"Although research is improving survival, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours."
According to the World's Greatest Shave website - by signing up and raising money for World's Greatest Shave, you'll be part of an elite group of extraordinary superheroes on a mission to shave the world from blood cancer.
You'll join fellow shavers across the country working hard to raise $16.5 million to support and empower families impacted by blood cancer and to accelerate blood cancer research to reach the Leukaemia Foundation's bold new goal: zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035.
If you would like to support Fiona watch this space for more info, links and how to donate over the coming weeks.
Otherwise contact Currajong Disability Services about how to get involved on 02 6863 4713.