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Boy sacrifices curls in support of sick cousin

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 07/11/2012
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FAMILY PLIGHT: Northcote boy Kaden Penman, 7, with mum Rachael Penman, has shaved his head to raise money for his cousin who has brain cancer.
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MID-SHAVE: Northcote boy Kaden Penman, 7, has his head shaved by Bob ‘The Barber’ Singh.

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There is nothing Northcote youngster Kaden Penman likes more than playing Lego with his cousin Gino Carroll.

But since Gino, 10, was diagnosed with brain cancer in September he has had little energy to play games.

The Bunnythorpe boy is having chemotherapy at Starship Children's Hospital.

Every spare hour he has, Kaden, 7, spends at Gino's bedside or "doing the nightshift", sleeping-over at Ronald McDonald House.

When Kaden announced he was going to shave his head to raise money for Gino, mum Rachael Penman says it was quite a surprise.

"His hair is his pride and joy, but he'd do anything for Gino," she says.

It has taken Kaden a year to grow his thick and curly hair to just above his shoulders.

Highbury man Bob "The Barber" Singh offered his services for free, shaving Kaden's head in front of his peers at Northcote Primary School on October 24.

Kaden's freshly bald scalp was a hit with students who later took turns running their hands over his head.

Gold coins collected at the special assembly and donations to a fundraising account for Gino have grown to $1000 from the shave alone.

Ms Penman says Gino is to undergo a minimum of 24 weeks chemotherapy before he begins radiotherapy.

Donations can be made at Westpac to Kadens Appeal for Gino account 03-0114-0554546-000.

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