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Shaving my head for LMS Research!

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BENEFITING: LMSARCOMA DIRECT RESEARCH FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: McKayla

EVENT DATE: Apr 11, 2015

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THE STORY:

McKayla Couacaud wrote -

Donate money and I'll go where many have gone before, but never me. 

I'm shaving my head for reasons two-fold: to symbolically support my mum who has lost her hair due to chemo, and to raise money for research into the cancer which is the reason she has to go through chemo - it's called Leiomyosarcoma. It's a soft tissue cancer and is not only aggressive, and adaptable, it's rare. Trust mum to get the rare one, geez. 

If you've met Jody Couacaud before, you'd know she's an increadable human - caring, honest, positive to the point of annoyance (even now), she's the kind of person who inspires you to be the best version of yourself, every day. She wasn't fazed about losing her own hair, but she doesn't want me to shave mine off, my hair is somehow more important. That's Jody. And I, ever the rebellious child, will indeed shave it off on the 11th of April, 2015. Spectators welcome. 

Jody was diagnosed with a stage IV Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) in December 2014 - and they discovered it by chance really. LMS is aggressive and adaptable, but weirdly can remain undetectable for many years with little or no symptoms (or symptoms that are attributed to other things). It's also rare. Something like five cases are diagnosed in Queensland each year. Not a huge threat, but a sneaky one. Aggressive, adaptable, rare - these three things mean that LMS is often only diagnosed at stage IV - indicating that the cancer has metastasised (spread to distant regions of the body). 

When someone you love has a diagnosis like this, it reminds you that everyone and anyone can get cancer, it's pretty nondiscriminatory like that. 

So I'm raising money for LMS Direct Research, because we simply don't know enough about this cancer - how to prevent it, detect it, treat it. All cancer is devastating, but when there are so many types of cancer and charities out there, it's easy to overlook the smaller ones that directly fund research. You can check out some of the research these guys have funded here.

Your donation won't cure my mum's cancer, but it will fund pivotal research which will lead to breakthroughs in fighting this thing in the future, especially regarding early detection. In that way, you're saving a lot of lives. 

Many thanks in advance. 

McKayla

$120

MONEY RAISED
  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sophie

    $20

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The Team: $4,560 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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McKayla Couacaud

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$3,570

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Stellar Maroochydore

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$870

 

174% Raised of $500 Goal

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Jacqueline White-Bird

Amount Raised

$120

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Blaine Watson

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Donor Comments

Sophie

Sophie

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Anonymous

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DONATION: $100

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