Not one to shy away from an ‘out there’ hair style, Sydney FC midfielder Luke Brattan will sacrifice his locks next month all for a great cause, as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave 2020.
Brattan will undertake the fundraising efforts in support of his 23-year-old sister Holli-Mia, who has been diagnosed with Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukaemia – a very rare type of leukaemia where more than one type of leukaemia occurs at the same time.
The Sky Blue star has previously taken part in the cause, raising $20,007 in 2017, and will shave his hair off on Friday 13 March at the Sky Blues’ training headquarters at Macquarie University Sports Fields.
“It’s a great foundation that helps a lot of people,” Brattan said.
“The reason I’m doing it is my sister, she’s 23 years old and four months diagnosed with a rare type of leukaemia.
“She’s gone through a lot in the last few months and she’s fighting well. She’s at the end stage now with a bone marrow transplant coming up.
“I just thought, I’ve got long hair, it’s a great opportunity to raise some serious money for such a great cause and for awareness as well. It’s close to my heart this.”
While Brattan admits the past four months have been difficult, the midfield ace believes the closeness of his family and support from Sydney FC has helped him through.
“It’s been serious, it’s tough, you never believe it’ll happen to someone so close,” he said.
“It’s been very hard, but she’s really strong and our family is really close.
“The club has been fantastic for me, giving me a lot of chances to go up and visit her and it brings everyone closer together.”
To sign up for the World’s Great Shave, or donate to Luke’s page CLICK HERE.
About The Leukaemia Foundation:
The Leukaemia Foundation stands with Australia to help cure and conquer blood cancer – with care. Together we are attacking every blood cancer, from every direction, in every way we can.
We stand beside every Australian to be their voice and their someone-to-turn-to, fighting to get them access to the best care. We also accelerate research that’s delivering rapid advancements in blood cancer diagnosis and treatments. Plus, we provide services and support that empower people living with any blood cancer to live well after diagnosis.
You can learn more about the Leukaemia Foundation and blood cancer at leukaemia.org.au.