MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Sharni Wren will do the World’s Greatest Shave in March. Sharni lost her grandmother, Lola, to leukemia in 2006. Photo: JoJo Newby
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Sharni Wren will do the World’s Greatest Shave in March. Sharni lost her grandmother, Lola, to leukemia in 2006. Photo: JoJo Newby

Cancer death behind teen’s bald resolve

HELP people in need.

Sharni Wren made a rather simple new year's resolution for 2014, one that has prompted her to sign up for the World's Greatest Shave.

The 19-year-old will shave off her locks on March 16.

"We lost our nan, Lola Ellem, to myelodysplasia in 2006," Sharni said.

"One of my goals this year was to help people out that need it most, which is why I'm shaving my head."

Myelodysplasia is a form of leukemia that affects normal blood cell production in the bone marrow.

Sharni has many memories of her Nan, mostly involving Lola removing her false teeth without a moment of hesitation.

"Everyone says Nan was exactly like me - very 'blonde' at times," Sharni laughed.

"Everyone used to say that while ever I'm alive, a piece of Nan would be around too."

Sharni said she would like to raise $500 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

"I may raise my goal, but it's a start," she said.

Sharni's sister, Kristi, jumped at the opportunity to shave Sharni's head.

"I'll let Kristi shave my head, but I'll probably have to get someone else to fix it because she'll stuff it up," Sharni said with a laugh.

"I am really scared and nervous about it.

"I'll probably scare myself the first few times I look in the mirror."

To continue her new year's resolution, Sharni is also participating in this year's Relay for Life, sponsoring a child in Zambia, donating to the McGrath Foundation, and will also sign up for the 40 Hour Famine.



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