Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published March 14th 2017
A Woman’s Crowning Glory Is Her Compassion
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) is a rare blood cancer of the white blood cells. Its cause is largely unknown and treatment is fairly recent.
CML is now largely treated with targeted drugs called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) which have led to dramatically improved long term survival rates since their introduction in 2001.
Although CML is rare, blood cancer (leukaemia) is unfortunately not. You may not be aware, but blood cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma. And every day another thirty-five people will be diagnosed.
One of the sufferers of the CML rare cancer is Mrs Tracey Macdonald of the Swan Valley, who has a daughter, Keira.
Tracey and Kiera Macdonald (Photograph couertsy K Macdonald)
Kiera is sixteen and travels each day to Swan Valley Anglican Community School in Aveley where she is in year Twelve. Keira, like many of her peers, works part time – within the Swan Valley at a local café and is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave to help beat blood cancer.
She will be donating her lovely long hair to a Childs Charity for wig making for children who have lost their hair to treatment of cancer.
This fund raiser is a huge thing for a sixteen year old girl to do, especially in her final year at school.
Kiera has an appeal on the Leukemia Foundation's page and you can donate there.
Donations of any amount will help. $52 can give someone in hospital a support visit to help them feel less anxious during treatment. $80 can give a regional family a home for a night to reduce the financial burden of city treatment. $120 can support a blood cancer research project for a day through a PhD Scholarship grant, but donations of even one or two dollars can make a difference.
Kiera is hoping and aiming to raise $1,500 and I would urge you all to support her in this compassionate gesture. If you are interested in The World's Greatest Shave and want to know more, or what the money is used for, please visit their website here.