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We’ve all known someone affected by cancer but it’s all the more confronting when it’s a friend or colleague. Well known cycling photographer, cyclist, and member of Sydney’s cycling community Marcus Enno, a.k.a. Beardy McBeard was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in July and is currently undergoing treatment.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer originating from white blood cells that commonly affects young adults. Each year 550 Australians are diagnosed and more than one in three is aged 15 to 30. In the US, over 9000 people were diagnosed in 2014. Fortunately the survival rate is very good. Orica-GreenEdge director sportif Matt Wilson had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999 and made a full recovery back to a pro cyclist.
Thankfully Beardy’s prognosis is very good and after three months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he should be back on the road to recovery and riding his bike. Remarkably, Beardy is in great spirits with the support of his family and cycling community. He’s one of the fortunate ones. Ironically, Beardy’s father is a haematologist.
To raising money and awareness of this cancer, and instead of waiting for all his hair and beard to fall out due to the chemo, Beardy has decided to shave it all off on Monday 29th September for ‘World’s Greatest Shave’.
Hair loss is one of the side effects that is a big deal for anyone going through their treatment and for those around them. Beardy’s trademark beard will soon be removed.
“Instead of waiting for my beard to fall out due to chemo, I will be facing the clippers to become Baldy McBald. I thought the best way to raise funds and awareness of this common cancer that affects so many young people was to shave off my beard,” Beardy says.
Only three days after setting a $3000 fundraising target, Beardy has raised more than $10,000 through his network of 11,500 social media followers and friends in Australia’s lycra-clad cycling community. He now hopes to raise at least $20,000 by the end of the week.
Beardy McBeard’s Great Shave:
Where: 410 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW
When: Monday September 29, 6.00pm-7.30pm
What: Beardy will be shaved in a barber shop-themed space at about 6.45pm.
There are a number of prizes to win if you donate including a Giant Bicycles Australia Propel Advanced Pro 1 (worth $4499), two pairs of full custom shoes from Bont Cycling (valued at $1200 each) and an unframed print of from his latest Giro d’Italia 2014 exhibition, worth $200.
Finger food and drinks will be available.
To donate to Beardy’s “Greatest Shave” please visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/beardymcbeard.