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Local man fighting cancer shaves for a cure


A local cancer patient has shaved his long locks and bushy beard to raise money for other patients.
Ron Sneddon has been a regular at Cairns Private Hospital since 2016, where he's being treated for Myeloma, a type of blood cancer.
He is now hoping to raise funds to held find a cure for blood cancer as part of Leukaemia Foundation’s annual World’s Greatest Shave.
Ron says he was surprised at how many people are battling cancer in Cairns and felt that he could contribute to trying to help others.
“I might be going through treatment but I’ve got all this excessive hair and there’s a lot of people out there who need a hand,” Ron says. 
What’s the point in living if you can’t help people." 
He also says having a positive attitude and helping others helps get him by.
"You've got two options really, you've either got to be positive or you are going to spend the last part of your life upset," Ron says. 
"If you're thinking of dying all the time, state of mind will make you die, but if you're thinking about living forever, well bugger me, you might."
Ron doesn't have a fundraising target as such claiming he'll have fun whether he raises five bucks or a million. 
Ron’s oncology team, led by registered nurse Tahlia Runge, joined him in the fundraiser, by colouring their hair for World’s Greatest Shave.
“Ron is one of the most positive people I have ever met, he is a complete joker and when I teased him about how badly he needed to shave we came up with the idea of doing it for a reason,” Tahlia says. 

"He has the biggest heart of gold and is just so excited at being able to help someone else."


Listen to our reporter Joseph Price chat with Ron about his decision to participate in World's Greates Shave.