Port Lincoln men to shave for Jack Kemp

SHAVE: Shakira Baldock is hoping to raise $1000 for Jack Kemp and once the goal is met, it will be time to shave the beard of partner Blake O'Halloran.
SHAVE: Shakira Baldock is hoping to raise $1000 for Jack Kemp and once the goal is met, it will be time to shave the beard of partner Blake O'Halloran.

A group of local men are prepared to shave their beards off to raise money for local boy Jack Kemp in his ongoing treatment for clear cell meningioma.

Jack, 5, was diagnosed in 2015 with clear cell meningioma and has already had three resection surgeries in the past three years to remove brain tumors, the latest happening last August.

Jack’s mother Grace Kemp said this week the family travelled to Melbourne to speak to an oncologist after specialists in Adelaide said they had done all they could at this time.

“They sent us to Melbourne to speak to an oncologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital to look to see if he was eligible for (radionuclide) treatment,” she said. 

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Radionuclide therapy is a treatment that uses a molecule labelled with a radionuclide atom to deliver a high level or radiation to treat certain cancers.

To assist with Jack’s ongoing treatment a Go Fund Me fundraiser has been set up so a group of local men will shave their beards once $1000 is raised.

The fundraiser started from organiser Shakira Baldock’s desire for her partner Blake O’Halloran’s beard.

“We were sitting in the lounge room and she said ‘if you get 300 likes would you shave your beard?’,” Mr O’Halloran said. 

“I said ‘if you get 1000 likes (I’ll do it)’.”

A five-year-old, soon to be six, has made such an impact on the community and people want to help him out.

Grace Kemp

Ms Baldock said they were soon encouraged to do something for charity and there was a link to Jack as he went to school with her daughter, Isabella.

At least three men have agreed to shave their beards but Ms Baldock said more were welcome to sign up, including those with long hair.

“To raise $1000 is the goal, but it might go higher if more people sign up,” she said.

“We are looking for other people (to shave), the longer the better, the more attached the better.”

The $1000 must be raised before November 21 for the shave to take place, although when it would happen is yet to be determined.

Mrs Kemp said the family was thrilled to see more people within the Port Lincoln community do their bit to help her son.

“It’s extremely overwhelming,” she said.

“A five-year-old, soon to be six, has made such an impact on the community and people want to help him out.

“It’s the reason why we call Port Lincoln home.”

The Kemp family returned from Melbourne on Tuesday but have some more appointments in Adelaide next week.

People can make a donation at www.gofundme.com/4nzvuv4 or volunteer their beard/hair by contacting Ms Baldock on her Facebook page.