Big chop to support foundation
AFTER seeing her 26-year-old son battle acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and beat the odds, Rockhampton's Sue Bridgeman is ready to lose her locks as a way of saying thank you to the Leukaemia Foundation.
Nick, who attended Rockhampton Grammar, was diagnosed with his illness in 2010 while he was attending university in Brisbane.
Sue dropped everything and moved to Brisbane to be with her son during his treatment at the Mater Hospital, while Nick's father stayed in Rockhampton to work.
Nick went into remission after his first round of chemotherapy, but the journey was far from over.
"The foundation gave me a house to live in that was fully furnished," Sue said.
"From counselling to paying bills - anything I needed they were there."
Close family friend Robyn Dilley, who shaved Nick's hair during his treatment and will be giving Sue the chop in March, said it gave Nick a home away from the hospital, even if only for a day here and there.
"It lifted the stress off Sue and gave them time to be a family," she said.
Nick returned to his studies last year at Griffith University and is hoping to be a teacher.
Sue has set a goal of $5000 to raise and is well on her way after receiving a $1000 donation from Rockhampton's Hastings Deering.
To make a donation to Sue's cause visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/suebridgeman.