No hair, Maher!
Professor Maher Gandhi is used to giving things up for blood cancer.
As part of his role as our Chair in Blood Cancer Research at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, he’s given up a lot of his time and brain cells over the years to help beat blood cancer.
So the clinical haematologist and researcher should be well-prepared to give up one more thing next month: his hair.
Not satisfied with developing a new diagnostic test for lymphoma or coordinating a world-leading research program in near-patient research of blood cancers, Professor Gandhi is now stepping out of the lab and into the salon chair, ready to shave his head for World’s Greatest Shave.
“As a haematologist and scientific researcher I work hard every day in the hope that my research will bring improved diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention for those with blood cancers,” he said.
“To show my commitment to beating blood cancers – and saving money on shampoo – I will shave my hair on Friday 11 March at an event surrounded by colleagues and patients who are sure to poke fun at my new look for weeks to come!”
“But I need your help to motivate me to make the ultimate hairy sacrifice. By helping me reach my ambitious goal of $10,000 you will not only be helping to provide free support for patients and their families, but also fund life-saving research like mine to help more people survive they blood cancer diagnosis.”
World’s Greatest Shave is our largest annual fundraising event and makes it possible for us to provide free support services to blood cancer patients and their families, as well as fund research programs across the country. Participants like Professor Gandhi sign up to shave, colour or cut their hair, or support those who are doing so.