Harry's Hair-raiser

By Harrison Richardson

Help me create a cancer free future through the Power of Pink!

My life journey first crossed paths with cancer before I even knew what cancer was.  I was 3 years old when my Mum was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  The outcome was positive and over a decade later she remains cancer free.  Her treatment was a great success and I don't remember much at all of it.  The biggest way this has impacted my life was the loss of my baby brother Noah Gabriel just at 21 weeks gestation during this time.  The cause of his passing is unknown but we will always wonder if the cancer had an impact.  At times I often wonder what a younger brother would be like, what he might have been like, but I admire my Mum for her bravery getting through this time in our lives.  Unfortunately this was not the last I would hear of cancer.  In 2015 after a long valiant battle with lung cancer I lost my grandfather George at 65yrs of age, long before I even considered the possibility that grand parents might not be with us forever.   This was my first real experience of grief and I didn't take it well.  I struggled for the next few years cycling through lots of anger at cancer, and I miss him still every day.  I will never forget how excited I was when Batman or Superman called me on the phone to chat when I was small, only to find out as I grew it was Grandpa!   Again it wasn't long before cancer came along again.  In late primary school a very close teacher, friend, and mentor was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  While in the years since he has had successful treatment and is now enjoying retirement, this surfaced again the anger I felt towards cancer, the helplessness, and despair.  I feared cancer  almost more than anything else.  It seemed indiscriminate, unrelenting, and unforgiving.  I started participating in Relay for Life a few years ago and I found it helped me take some control back.  Seeing survivors and thrivers, and sadly those who have lost loved ones coming together with a common goal was inspiring and I have been a Cancer Council supporter ever since.    It has helped me seeing the work Cancer Council does as over the years cancer has certainly not gone away.     Sadly my school community lost a much loved member of our staff last year.  I still miss her welcoming smile at school every day.  My grand mother has battled lymphoma twice and is undergoing a stem call transplant just this week.  A close family friend has battled bowel cancer and lives daily with the challenging outcomes.  And recently another one of my teachers has been diagnosed and is receiving treatment for breast cancer.  As a school community we are rallying in support and holding a Pink Ribbon fundraiser to mark the end of term this week.   I am seeking to raise as much as I can for the Cancer Council over the coming month.  Everyone that knows me would know I love my hair and I love experimenting with different hairstyles.  By Kinder age my Mum says I was styling my own hair and would spend hours on it.  I've had short and spiky, shaved designs, undercuts, shoulder length, man buns, you name it!  I've also been trying to grow a beard since I was a toddler, it's coming along slowly nowadays!  There is only one thing I refuse to have and that's a complete head shave as I was a clumsy child and have several scars that show up!  But people going through chemotherapy don't get that choice. At the moment I keep my hair as long as I can to still comply with school rules so I have a decent amount of cheek length hair.   I've never had colour as I think my parents got tired of fixing my sisters hair accidents as she is more extreme with hers than I am so I always got a firm NO when I asked.  BUT for a good cause that NO turned into a YES and this week I will be going PINK!!   In the weeks following this I will then complete the job with a complete shave.  But this isn't just for fun, it's for funds! I need your help to raise $1000 for the Cancer Council.    I know it's hard times for a lot of people right now but if you can spare even a $1 I would love you to join me and have your support!

Cancer never rests, and neither can we!

That’s why I’m bringing everyone together - to raise funds to get us closer to a future free from cancer.  It’s the Power of Pink!

Donate today on this page.  

By supporting my Pink Ribbon fundraiser, you will contribute to the work of Cancer Council. They work tirelessly across every area of cancer, from research to prevention and support. 

Your support will be powering this vital work, making a difference to so many in their most vulnerable time, now and into the future.

Together, we can free the future from cancer, I don't want my children and grandchildren to have cancer as prevalent in their lives as it is in all of ours today.

Thank you to my Supporters


Ann Schnierer

Proud of you harry