3 September 2020 Featured News

Liv’s brave shave for brain cancer research

Eight-year-old Airlie Beach local, Liv Jamieson, with a heart of gold recently underwent a brave shave to help raise funds for brain cancer research after her cousin, Cooper, lost his battle with the disease six years ago when he was only two-years-old.

During an ordinary after school conversation, Liv told her mum, Amanda, that she wanted to shave her head to help raise money for kids going through brain cancer, just like Cooper.

The courageous little girl raised more than $6,000 to help the Children’s Hospital Foundation on their quest to find a cure for childhood brain cancer, undergoing the shave on the 22nd of August at Whitsunday Sailing Club in front of more than 20 family, friends and donors from across Queensland.

Liv’s dad, Stuart, says that while Liv was only 18 months old when Cooper passed away, she feels inspired by his bravery and wants to give back.

“We talk about Cooper a lot, especially so that our girls know just how lucky we are to have each other, and she’s a very empathetic little girl who sees this kind act as a way to make life a bit easier for other people who might be going through the same thing that Cooper and his family went through,” Mr Jamieson said.

“She didn’t seem apprehensive about the shave at all, but she was a little worried about a scar that she has on the back of her head showing, which she quickly got over because she realised that Harry Potter has a scar, so scars are ‘cool’.

“If we all work together to do as much as we can to find a cure, then these poor kids that get diagnosed with brain cancer every year don’t have to go through the incredibly hard battle that they do. We just want to do our bit to put childhood brain cancer to bed.”

When she’s not working on her budding philanthropy career, Liv loves ballet, sailing, and is a very keen fisherwoman.

Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease, and an Australian child dies from brain cancer every nine days, which is why the Children’s Hospital Foundation fund the Children’s Brain Cancer Initiative investing more than $5 million into Australia’s first paediatric brain cancer research centre.

Despite advances in other types of childhood cancer research, survival rates for brain cancer have made little progress over the past 30 years, and the Children’s Brain Cancer Initiative aims to improve survival and survivorship for kids with brain cancer.

To find out more and help children fighting brain cancer, visit our website.

Super Cooper was a wonder warrior,  and his beautiful family shared their story with us in 2018. You can view their story online.