Hair hair to willpower of teenager
Waiheke High School teenager Will Osborne is showing his mettle by losing his locks for charity.
The 13-year old is taking on Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand's challenge to Shave for a Cure when many teens of his age shy away from standing out in a crowd.
But his reason is simple.
His Western Australian cousin, Dylan, got acute promyelocytic leukaemia when he was a teenager and the family remember the long months of treatment.
"He survived," Will's mum Lynda Harper says.
"And three years ago we went to his wedding near Perth, where we came from before moving here."
Now Will and others in the family want to give something back to other sufferers.
He has raised more than $300 even without the shave but, with the deed done at the weekend thanks to New Generation's donation of a shaver, Will is hoping to raise a lot more.
"I didn't feel nervous. I knew it was for a good cause," Will says of the experience.
"Hopefully, I won't be mistaken for a girl now."
Visit my.leukaemia.net.nz/willis to make a secure credit card donation or shaveforacure.co.nz for more details.