World’s Greatest Shave Superhero story: Chris Tanti, Leukaemia Foundation CEO

With the main shave week’ for World’s Great­est Shave kick­ing off this week on the 10th, the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion has its sights firm­ly set on rais­ing $15 mil­lion to con­tin­ue to pro­vide vital sup­port for the grow­ing num­ber of Aus­tralians diag­nosed with blood cancer.

In a Leukaemia Foun­da­tion first, new CEO Chris Tan­ti has stepped up to stand with all Aus­tralian fam­i­lies affect­ed by blood can­cer, includ­ing leukaemia, lym­phoma, myelo­ma and oth­er blood-relat­ed dis­or­ders, by fundrais­ing and shav­ing his head.

Mr Tan­ti has been in the job just over a month and was keen to walk the walk as well as talk the talk, as he joined the fight against blood can­cer to be among those brave­ly shav­ing this year.

Mr Tan­ti had his head shaved at the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion ESA Vil­lage in Dut­ton Park on Tues­day by a blood can­cer sur­vivor, Jen­nifer Neil, who was diag­nosed at age 28 with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia (ALL) — a type of can­cer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

Jen­nifer was sup­port­ed by the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion through her jour­ney with blood can­cer and when reflect­ing on her diag­no­sis in a recent inter­view with the Foun­da­tion, Jen­nifer said:

The can­cer com­mu­ni­ty is full of empa­thet­ic, like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als and car­ers who know the strug­gle and who can offer their own expe­ri­ence or an ear to lis­ten. It’s full of peo­ple who have been giv­en anoth­er chance to enjoy the beau­ty this world has to offer, and they appre­ci­ate every moment of it. They’re will­ing to drop their plans to be with you if you need advice or some­one to just sit with you.”

10,000 extra­or­di­nary peo­ple just like Mr Tan­ti are tak­ing action this week to brave­ly sac­ri­fice their hair to help peo­ple like Jen­nifer and to cure and con­quer blood cancer.

The spe­cial shave event was exclu­sive­ly attend­ed by Chan­nel 10 Bris­bane news crew with the sto­ry being shared nation­al­ly across the Chan­nel 10 net­work that evening.

To cel­e­brate the CEO’s shave, the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion pro­duced a video fea­tur­ing Jennifer’s treat­ment jour­ney and cap­tur­ing Mr Tanti’s hair­cut trans­for­ma­tion. You can view the video here on either Face­book or Insta­gram.