Diagnosis sparks cure goal
BEING told you have leukaemia is an extremely traumatic experience to say the least, but for Mike Keim, it sparked the beginning of an idea.
Two days before Christmas in 1994, Mr Keim was diagnosed with the disease and is still seeking medical treatment today.
Now in remission, Mr Keim lives a relatively normal life, apart from the constant side effects that come with leukaemia and radiation therapy.
Twelve years ago, Mr Keim and his wife Rosalyn decided to become the co-ordinators of World's Greatest Shave in Warwick and have proudly held that title ever since.
"Five years after I was diagnosed with leukaemia, I joined the local Leukaemia Foundation in Warwick and started Shave for a Cure with my wife," Mr Keim said.
Each year, they organise local hairdressers to go to the Rose City Shoppingworld to shave and colour people's hair.
"Since the inception of the World's Greatest Shave, we would have probably raised $2500 to $3000 a year on average," Mr Keim said.
This year, he is waving goodbye to his beard in front of the masses at Rose City Shoppingworld.
Mr Keim encouraged anyone who had ever considered shaving for a cure to do it.
"Anyone considering shaving or colouring their hair, come down to the shopping centre on Saturday between 9am and 1pm," he said.
"Personally I know how much the donations help.
"It is a very traumatic time for everyone when someone is suffering from Leukaemia, so I hope we can raise around $2000."
Where: Rose City Shoppingworld (near the internet cafe).
When: This Saturday, 9am to 1pm.
How much: The cost of a donation.