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Hannah’s Heroes prepare for “Big Shave”

The buzz around “Hannah’s heroes” sixth annual Big Shave is growing.
Over the past five years, they have raised $1.7 million in aid of funding research into child cancer treatment.
This Friday (28 September) they will host another fund-raising event at the Wicket Bar in Cricket Square.
On Wednesday (26 September) it was all systems go for the fire crew stationed at Owen Roberts International Airport aerodrome.
But it was not a fire they were preparing to fight.
Instead, they were gearing up to help in the battle against childhood cancers
“The first time we met Hannah we were touched by what she was going through and other kids who go through the similar thing,” Officer Roy Charlton said.
He added, they were “in the business of saving lives… it’s just not about attending fires and car accidents, our contribution is just the same, saving lives.”
Hannah Gleeson and her mother Gaylene know how important this fight is.
Hannah’s battle against her brain cancer began in July 2012. Grueling cycles of radiation and chemotherapy followed until, in 2014, the tumours had disappeared.
Hannah’s mum told Cayman 27 proudly: “she just goes for it, she doesn’t let her disability stop her. She’s my inspiration to change the future and change the world and make it better for kids fighting cancer.”
Donations raised at the event will help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fund research to conquer childhood cancer. The organisation’s message is simple, according to Kelly Forebaugh:
“Be brave, go bald. For me as a cancer mum, hair grows back, kids don’t and it’s worth it to be involved in this,” she said.
Friday’s event hopes to raise a quarter of million dollars for the foundation. But Hannah’s sights are set higher, she said her mission is “to make the world a better place.”
The Big Shave takes place at the Wicket Bar in Cricket Square on Friday (28 September) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
And you can also donate online using the St. Baldrick’s Foundation webpage. 

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Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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