Leukaemia survivor Alyvia Greene-Galloway (front) continues to make progress at school thanks to teachers Matthew Bradshaw, Sam Dooley and Gavin Leslie.
Leukaemia survivor Alyvia Greene-Galloway (front) continues to make progress at school thanks to teachers Matthew Bradshaw, Sam Dooley and Gavin Leslie. Jenna Cairney

Alyvia makes progress

WHILE many shaved their locks this weekend, Jennifer Greene-Galloway isn't quite ready to see her daughter Alyvia without hair again.

When the family first started doing the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave in 2003, they had no idea that just one year later they would be needing the organisation's support.

The Daily News caught up with Alyvia, Jennifer and some of the educators who have helped in the family's epic journey, as this April marks five years remission for the 13-year-old.

Under the guidance of teachers at the School of Total Education and tutor Sam Dooley, Alyvia is taking great leaps forward.

"I'm not afraid of maths anymore," she said.

"And I like English and am getting better at it."

Last year, she played the leading role in the school's production of The Cat in the Hat.

"Everyone kept coming up to me and saying, 'You were awesome'," Alyvia said.

"I want to be a vet because I love animals, but I'll have to really focus on improving my marks."

Mum Jennifer said one of the hardest parts of the battle was the lack of government funding to help cancer survivors get back on their feet.

And while Alyvia's progress seems unstoppable, the teen is still fighting a daily battle.

"I get frustrated with my body," Alyvia said.

"My ankles get so sore and when it happens I struggle to control my emotions."

At this year's World's Greatest Shave, Alyvia was planning just to dye her hair, which has taken a while to grow back, but she's desperate to shave again some time to show her support.

"I'm just not quite ready for that yet," Jennifer said.


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