Brave shave to support leukaemia sufferer

Isaac Calarco was diagnosed with leukaemia at just four years old and his daycare teacher was determined to help.

Today Sarah McAllan, the director of Western Sydney University Unique Kids Early Learning Campbelltown, shaved her head to raise money for the World’s Greatest Shave.

“I wanted to support the Callarco family and I have also had people in my family who have had blood cancer and other cancers,” she said.

“I can’t solve it so I thought I would take part in this year’s shave and raise funds to help families who are affected by blood cancer.

“It’s not just about finding a cure, it’s also about supporting local families when they need us.”

Isaac was diagnosed with leukaemia in November last year.

He is still undergoing regular chemotherapy treatment.

Isaac’s mother Nicole Calarco said the whole family were touched by Ms McAllan’s gesture.

“We’re lost for words, it is just amazing,” the Wedderburn resident said.

“To have our son feel like he is so special that other people will do these things for him is amazing.

“As far as Isaac is concerned Sarah is on his team because they both have no hair.

“We are so grateful.”

Ms Calarco said Isaac’s diagnosis was a “shock”.

“There were a lot of tears and a bit of anger as well,” she said.

“We can’t understand why it happened because he is so young.

“We have a goal and a plan of attack for his treatment so that made it easier for us.

“The doctors gave us a timetable and directions on how to beat it and that is our focus.

“The Leukaemia Foundation has been amazing, they have helped us with shopping vouchers, parking vouchers, counselling and booking blood tests.

“It’s a relief to know that we have the foundation there to help us.”

Ms McAllan said this was the first time she had braved the shave.

“It’s important for me to try and make a difference when I can and where I can,” she said.

“I wasn’t nervous about shaving my head. I was more nervous about being the centre of attention.”

Ms McAllan has raised $1300, which has exceeded her goal of $1200.

“People have been so generous and I know times are hard for many people but I really appreciated all of the donations,” she said.

Ms Calarco said her family had recieved a lot of family and community support.

“We keep going as a family and juggle our responsibilities because we have two other sons, Luke (6) and Joshua (2),” she said.

‘We are very blessed to have a support system around us.”