Haircut pledge fights cancer



MICHAEL Hagen knows his current hairstyle is atrocious.

He hasn't had a hair cut or shave for the past nine months and personally hates his new long locks.

But the usually short-shorn Frenchville man isn't budging from his plan to grow his hair for a year.

"I've got two months and 14 days to go, but whose counting,'' he joked.

"I'm normally bald. I've had a crew cut for seven or eight years so this has been really tough.''

Mr Hagen, a father of three, is growing his hair as a thank you to all the people that helped his wife Gaylene beat cancer.

He plans to shave his hair for a cure in March and give the proceeds to the Queesland Cancer Fund.

Mr Hagen said his wife had battled cancer for 16 years and was now in full remission.

He said the grow for a cure was the least he could do to give back to the organisation.

"My wife was treated very well in the public hospital system. The treatment was absolutely brilliant.

"I'd been thinking about doing something for years and just thought now was the time to do it.''

Mr Hagen said everyone had been so supportive, including his bosses at Bells Transport, friends, family and even his father's croquet team.

His wife loved the idea, but loathed the hair.

"She (Gaylene) hates the beard, I hate the beard, my mother hates the beard, but it had to be done.''

Mr Hagen said it was the first time he had ever fundraised, but he suspected it would not be his last.

He has already raised $500 and plans to raise at least $2000.

Mr Hagen said he would start collecting pledges closing to the mid-March shave date.

n Contact Mr Hagen on 0409?058?280 if you would like to donate to his cause.



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