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Thank you for visiting my Dry July page! My name is Mark Udovitch and I am a radiation therapist working at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre. I have had the privilege of treating cancer patients with therapeutic doses of radiation for almost a decade and this year for Dry July my colleagues and I are doing something VERY different..
What is the "DRY JULY SHAVE OFF"?!
Since becoming a beneficiary of Dry July in 2011, Liverpool Hospital has received thousands of dollars in funding which has gone directly towards improving the quality of our service and the quality of life of our patients. In partnership with Dry July, Liverpool Hospital is hosting the first ever DRY JULY SHAVE OFF - a new and exciting fund raising venture which aims to raise money for Dry July by sacrificing the follicles of Cancer Therapy Staff; including radiation therapists, nurses, medical physicists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and admin!
The DRY JULY SHAVE OFF was recently featured on the front page of the May issue of our local health district's newsletter - available here: https://www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/pdfs/newsletters/current_newsletter.pdf
But why are we 'GIVING UP OUR HAIR' and not alcohol?
Good question .. but before I answer, I'd like to share a short anecdote
Losing your hair from systemic therapies, such as chemotherapy, or localised therapies, such as radiotherapy to the brain, is often an unavoidable side effect which many patients face during their cancer therapy journey. Throughout my career I have cared for countless patients who have experienced hair loss, with many patients revealing that losing their hair was one of the hardest things they had to go through psychologically and that it was often the lowest point in their cancer therapy journey. They often report feeling uncomfortable or exposed and are unmotivated to go out in public because of prying eyes which has devastating impacts on their self esteem. Those that do brave the outside world might cover up with a beanie or scarf, or by wearing a wig from their hospital's wig library. Unfortunately, the vast majority of wigs available to these patients are synthetic and can be itchy, ill-fitted or uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.
This is why we decided to adapt the premise of Dry July from giving up alcohol to giving up our hair - not only to recognise the hardship our patients' face but also to give a unique gift to someone in need.
WHEN and WHERE is the DRY JULY SHAVE OFF?
The DRY JULY SHAVE OFF will occur in the ANZAC courtyard of Liverpool Hospital on Friday 29th July and will coincide with the final Dry July fundraising BBQ to maximise spectators. This is going to be a spectacle not to be missed so please join us - bring a friend or two and encourage your colleagues and patients to come along and join in on the fun for this worthwhile cause!
WHEN was your last haircut and how LONG is it now?
My last hair cut was in the first week of January 2014 (almost 2 and a half years ago) and currently my hair is 34 cm long and growing!
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Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre - Radiation Oncology Team