Leukemia survivors Sheree Wells and Bevan Costello(left) and Sheree's son Noa-Brian will lose their hair today for the Shave for a Cure.
Leukemia survivors Sheree Wells and Bevan Costello(left) and Sheree's son Noa-Brian will lose their hair today for the Shave for a Cure. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Survivors support greatest shave

SHEREE Wells and Bevan Costello have both endured the pain, heartache and sheer terror that comes from being diagnosed with cancer - but neither of them would change it for the world.

The two leukemia survivors said they had come out the other end of the experience with a new perspective on life and are working towards helping those who have not been as lucky.

Although she was declared dead three times while battling the diseases, Mrs Wells never gave up the fight.

Just 16 years old when she received the shocking news that she had leukemia, the teenager and her family had their lives thrown into turmoil.

"Your quality of life changes so much and you realise that it affects everyone around you," she said.

"But I wouldn't change a thing because it made me a better person and I have been able to help so many other people."

Today, she and her six-year-old son Noa-Brian will lose their locks in an effort to inch closer to finding that cure.

Teacher aide Mr Costello was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in 2008 and will also brave the clippers this morning.

The father of six was forced to leave his young family behind while he battled the disease from a hospital bed in Brisbane.

While many fellow cancer patients waited for transplants and some passed away, Mr Costello was lucky enough to receive a donor in his brother, Joshua.

The devoted dad said he now focused on the important things in life.

"Now all of my time is for my children because I have met so many good people who have lost their lives," he said.

"I have learnt so many things and am actually grateful that this has happened to me."

The trio will shave their heads at Warwick Central State School this morning.

 

Getting the chop

Sheree, Bevan and Noa-Brian will shave for a cure at Central State School today.

Donations for the trio will be taken at the school office today.



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