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Brotherly love leads to hairy sacrifice

Wednesday 15 February 2017

You’re helping Charlie in his ‘TUFF’ fight against blood cancer

After seeing his older brother Charlie go through months of gruelling chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplant, Jamie Grant, our Sales Consultant, knew he wanted to do something to make a difference.

When his boss and workmates at TUFF Bullbars in Toowoomba said they wanted to get behind World’s Greatest Shave, he thought it was the perfect opportunity.

“This is my way of doing something for him,” 43-year-old Jamie said.

He vividly remembers the day his brother told him about his blood cancer diagnosis.

“We were moving our 72-year-old mum into a nursing home, and Charlie and I were visiting her at the time and he said to me ‘I might need your help, you might need to get a blood test (to see if he was a suitable stem-cell donor)’,” Jamie said.

Charlie, 47, also recalls that moment and said his younger brother didn’t believe him.

“He actually thought I was joking,” Charlie said.

Charlie and his wife Stacey were in the middle of renovating their house at the Gold Coast, and going through IVF for the second time in the hopes of welcoming a sibling for their young daughter Lily.

“I wasn’t feeling great, I had niggling back pain that was giving me trouble. I went in for a sperm extraction procedure as part of the IVF and my blood tests came back with some strange results,” Charlie said.

More blood tests later, and he was given the devastating news, he had multiple myeloma.

“I started chemotherapy immediately in readiness for a stem cell transplant,” Charlie said.

“I was a deer in the headlights.”

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Charlie, Stacey and Lily were able to stay together at patient accommodation villages in Brisbane during Charlie’s treatment.

“Stacey really got a lot out of the Leukaemia Foundation’s help, the support services staff were always there to chat and give us advice and information when we needed it.” he said.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the Leukaemia Foundation.”

Now 100 days post-transplant, Charlie is doing relatively well and is looking forward to supporting his brother’s World’s Greatest Shave efforts.

Jamie and his colleagues at TUFF Bullbars Toowoomba hope to reach a goal of $2,000 with the TUFF Group Australia hoping to raise a grand total of $30,000.

“My hair is precious to me, so it will be sad to see it go but I know I’m very lucky and proud that we still have my brother with us,” Jamie said.

TUFF Group General Manager, Mark Casey said the team have embraced the opportunity to help people in the community affected by blood cancer.

“At the TUFF Group we recognise the work undertaken by the Leukaemia Foundation and the way the organisation supports regional families,” Mark said.

“Regional Australians form the majority of our customers and anything we can do to assist, not matter how small, is worthwhile.

“Given that one of our long standing employees, Jamie, has seen his brother impacted by blood cancer we are even more inclined to get involved.”

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Brotherly love leads to hairy sacrifice

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