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UNBREAKABLE BOND: Margaret and Joe Schausberger prepare for Margaret's shave.
UNBREAKABLE BOND: Margaret and Joe Schausberger prepare for Margaret's shave.

EACH March, thousands of extraordinary people help beat blood cancer by getting sponsored to shave or colour their hair for the World's Greatest Shave.

This year, one of those extraordinary people will be Living Choice Kawana Island resident, Margaret Schausberger, who will have all of her hair shaved off in front of fellow residents.

Margaret has been motivated to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation in support of her much-loved husband, Joe, who has had Multiple Myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, for the past 16 years.

Until 2016, regular observation and treatment of the symptoms kept the illness in hand.

However, late last year, the bone marrow cancer progressed and Joe is facing months of chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant in Brisbane.

"The Leukaemia Foundation is providing accommodation for both of us while Joe is an outpatient and also for me while Joe is an inpatient,” Margaret said.

"This could be for as long as three months.

"It's an enormous weight just moved from your shoulders and you feel as though you're being looked after.”

Margaret said she has seen so many advances in treatment and is impressed with the research.

"While they can't actually cure this cancer for good, we expect this series of treatments will give Joe back a nearly normal life,” she said.

"My husband is having treatment that wasn't available years ago.

"He also hasn't got many side effects when people used to have awful side effects.”

As for Joe, he said he is extremely proud of his wife, describing her participation in the fundraiser as "courageous”.

To support Margaret, visit https://goo.gl/PU8sf9.

Topics:  leukaemia foundation shave for a cure


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