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Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) haematology scientist Paul Zerafa will have his knee-length dreadlocks shaved in support of the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave.
Being at the frontline of cancer diagnosis, Paul hoped the event would raise money for blood cancer research.
“There are many different types of blood cancer and my job is to identify what type of cancer a patient has which determines the type of treatment they require,” he said.
“Blood cancer is more common that what you think. It doesn’t discriminate between anyone, it affects all of us regardless of our age, race or gender.”
Paul said he hoped to raise $4800, which the Leukaemia Foundation said would fund three months of laboratory costs for a research project.
“This cause is so close to my heart and I’m happy to be part of it,” he said.
“I hope this one small act goes a long way towards finding better treatment options and eventually a cure for all blood cancers.”
Paul has already received an outpouring of support from fellow scientists and doctors at PAH but hopes to reach more people by shaving his dreads in the hospital’s Main Foyer on Friday 17 March from 10.30am to 11.30am.
All patients, visitors and staff are invited to attend or participate in the event. Donations can also be made directly to Paul’s Leukaemia Foundation page.